Robert Schumann and the Study of Orchestral Composition

Robert Schumann and the Study of Orchestral Composition : The Genesis of the First Symphony, Opus 38

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This study considers Schumann's early experience with symphonic composition, including the composer's autodidactic course in orchestration, the events surrounding the G Minor Symphony and his assessment of the genre in his musical criticism. The text examines his sketches for the First Symphony and attempts to show how it benefited from the composer's past experience. The author also gives examples of the autograph score and subsequent editions of the Spring Symphony to reveal Schumann's empirical method of orchestration and his concern for the exigencies of more

Product details

  • Hardback | 159 pages
  • 138 x 216 x 16mm | 374g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Clarendon Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16 illustrations, 33 music examples, tables, bibliography, index
  • 0193132133
  • 9780193132139

Table of contents

Schumann's preparations for symphonic composition; the process of sketching and the structure of the Spring Symphony; scoring of the first version of Op.38; publishing the Spring Symphony - the second version of Op.38; promoting and refining Op.38 - the production of the second more