Franz Schubert: A Biography by Elizabeth Norman McKayFranz Schubert: A Biography by Elizabeth Norman McKay

Franz Schubert: A Biography

byElizabeth Norman McKay

Paperback | November 1, 1997

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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was born in Vienna of immigrant parents. During his short life he produced an astonishing amount of music. Symphonies, chamber music, opera, church music, and songs (more than 600 of them) poured forth in profusion. His 'Trout' Quintet, his 'Unfinished' Symphony,the three last piano sonatas, and above all his song cycles Die Schone Mullerin and Winterreise have come to be universally regarded as belonging to the very greatest works of music. Who was the man who composed this amazing succesion of masterpieces, so many of which were either entirely ignoredor regarded as failures during his lifetime? In her new biography, Elizabeth Norman McKay paints a vivid portrait of Schubert and his world. She explores his family background, his education and musical upbringing, his friendships, and his brushes and flirtations with the repressive authorities of Church and State. She discusses hisexperience of the arts, literature and theatre, and his relations with the professional and amateur musical world of his day. Schubert's manic-depressive temperament became of increasing significance in his life, and McKay shows how it was partly responsible for his social inadequacies, professionalineptitude, and idiosyncracies in his music. She examines Schubert's uneven physical decline after he contracted syphilis, traces its affect on his music, his hedonism, and sensuality, and investigates the cause and circumstances of his death at the age of thirty-one.
Elizabeth Norman McKay was formally Tutor in Piano and Visiting Professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire, and is the author of several publications on Franz Schubert and his music.
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Title:Franz Schubert: A BiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:378 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:November 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. Song of Immigrants (1797-1808)2. School Days (1808-1813)3. Student and School-teacher (1814-1816)4. Opportunities (1817-1819)5. La Dolce Vita (1820-1822)6. Two Natures7. Fight against Illness (1823-1824)8. An Expanding World (1825-1826, Part I)9. Friends, Publishers, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (1825-1826, Part II)10. Gloom and Creativity (1827)11. Success and Sickness (1828)12. The Final Illness13. Burial and MemorialsSelect BibliographyMusic IndexGeneral Index

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Franz Schubert (1797-1828) was born in Vienna of immigrant parents. During his short life he produced an astonishing amount of music. Symphonies, chamber music, opera, church music, and songs (more than 600 of them) poured forth in profusion. His 'Trout' Quintet, his 'Unfinished' Symphony, the three last piano sonatas, and above all his song cycles Die Schone Mullerin and Winterreise have come to be universally regarded as belonging to the very greatest works of music. Who was the man who composed this amazing succession of masterpieces, so many of which were either entirely ignored or regarded as failures during his lifetime? In her new biography, Elizabeth Norman McKay paints a vivid portrait of Schubert and his world. She explores his family background, his education and musical upbringing, his friendships, and his brushes and flirtations with the repressive authorities of Church and State. She discusses his experience of the arts, literature and theatre, and his relations with the professional and amateur musical world of his day. Schubert's manic-depressive t

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`a no-nonsense survey of his life, can be recommended to anyone with an interest in the composer, whether well-versed in music or not...an excellent book that, at 350 pages, is also a masterpiece of compression.'The Daily Telegraph