Schumann on Music: A Selection from the Writings (Dover Books on Music)

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In addition to his genius as a composer, Schumann was a gifted critic who wrote perceptive essays, articles, and reviews for his influential musical journal, Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik. Written from 1834 to 1844, these 61 pieces include evaluations of Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, and other giants. Articles appear in chronological order with ample annotations.

Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Music
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; annotated edition edition (1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486257487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486257488
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

Customer Reviews

Five Stars

 on January 14, 2015
By Christine Mallory
Interesting book.

Great

 on January 30, 2011
By Leticia Lima
Great product, in great conditions! thank you! Obrigada 🙂

Talk about gaining fresh perspectives of the past!

19 people found this helpful.
 on February 11, 2006
By Craig Matteson
It is very difficult for us to see and understand the present as a confluence of a vast array of tributaries from the past. To us it appears as the single world. It certainly has constituent parts, but we cannot readily apprehend what has been discarded and forgotten or why the things extant were remembered. The past has a flatness to it that only diligent and attentive study can remedy. Unfortunately, in music, we are forgetting almost everything because the current conglomeration of commercial activities we label music has so little in common with what the artists of the past were interested in creating and performing.

Review of Schumann on Music

6 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2007
By Kristi A. Baker
This book represents a wonderful cross section of Schumann’s writings on his philosophy of music and critiques of specific works. Schumann, in addition to being a talented composer, was a gifted writer whose style will appeal to a wide variety of readers and whose ideas on music and musical style are as applicable today as they were in his time. His early tendency to present his ideas via conversations between the characters of the Davidsbund is extremely entertaining. This book also gives great insight into Robert Schumann the man, the musician/composer, and the philosopher/critic.

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