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Crossing Paths : Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms

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In Crossing Paths, John Daverio explores the connections between art and life in the works of three giants of musical romanticism. Drawing on contemporary critical theory and a wide variety of nineteenth-century sources, he considers topics including Schubert and Schumann's uncany ability to evoke memory in music, the supposed cryptographic practices of Schumann and Brahms, and the allure of the Hungarian Gypsy style for Brahms and others in the Schumann circle. The book offers a fresh perspective on the music of these composers, including a comprehensive discussion of the 19th century practice of cryptography, a debunking of the myth that Schumann and Brahms planted codes for "Clara Schumann" throughout their works, and attention to the late works of Schumann not as evidence of the composer's descent into madness but as inspiration for his successors. Daverio portrays the book's three key players as musical storytellers, each in his own way simulating the structure of lived experience in works of art.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 324 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 3 halftones, 78 line illustrations
  • 0195365860
  • 9780195365863
  • 740,381

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"Crossing Paths not only brings into clear focus often shadowy musical and aesthetic connections between three major Romantic composers; it is also an invaluable compendium of decades of work by many scholars. In mapping these wide-ranging territories, John Daverio tirelessly crossed and brilliantlybridged historical, musical, and disciplinary boundaries; his work will resound and keep his name alive for many years to come."--Music & Letters"John Daverio has left much in this ambitious book that will endure, either because it is read, accepted, and recounted, or because in sparking disagreement, he stimulates us to progress along new paths of our own."--Journal of the American Musicological Societyshow more

About John Daverio

John Daverio (deceased) was Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Musicology at the School of Music at Boston University, and author, Robert Schumann: Herald of a 'New Poetic Age' (OUP, 1997) and Nineteenth-Century Music and the German Romantic Ideology (Shirmer, 1993).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: At the Intersection of Old and New Paths ; Part I: Schumann's One and Only Schubert ; Chapter 1: Schumann and Schubert's "Immortal" Piano Trio in E flat ; Chapter 2: The Gestus of Remembering: Schubert's Critique of Schubert's Impromptus ; Part II: Uttering CLARA in Tones ; Chapter 3: Schumann: Cryptographer or Pictographer? ; Chapter 4: Brahms's Musical Ciphers: Acts of Homage and Gestures of Effacement ; Chapter 5: The Folded Fan ; Part III: A Noble Model ; Chapter 6: Metaphysical Chess Games ; Chapter 7: Brahms, the Schumann Circle, and the Style hongrois: Contexts for the "Double" Concerto ; Epilogue: Crossing Paths and Modes of Experienceshow more

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