Franz Schubert: A Biography

By Elizabeth Norman McKay

In his brief, tumultuous lifestyles, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) produced an staggering volume of tune. Symphonies, chamber track, opera, church song, and songs (more than six hundred of them) poured forth in large quantity. His "Trout" Quintet, his "Unfinished" Symphony, the final 3 piano sonatas, and certainly his tune cycles Die Schone Mullerin and Winterreise have become universally considered as belonging to the very maximum works of track? Who was once the guy who composed this extraordinary succession of masterpieces, such a lot of of which have been both fullyyt neglected or considered as mess ups in the course of his lifetime? during this new biography, Elizabeth McKay paints a brilliant portrait of Schubert and his global. She explores his kin backround, his schooling and musical upbringing, his friendships, and his brushes and flirtations with the repressive gurus of Church and nation. She discusses his adventure of the humanities, literature, and theater, and his kin with the pro and novice musical international of his day. She strains the best way Schubert's manic-depression grew to become an more and more major impact in his lifestyles, dependable not less than partly for social inadequacies, expert ineptitude, and idiosyncrasies in his track. and she or he examines Schubert's decline after he shriveled syphilis, taking a look at its impression on his tune and emotional existence.

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