By John Daverio
In Crossing Paths, John Daverio explores the connections among paintings and lifestyles within the works of 3 giants of musical romanticism. Drawing on modern serious conception and a wide selection of nineteenth-century assets, he considers subject matters together with Schubert and Schumann's uncanny skill to rouse reminiscence in song, the meant cryptographic practices of Schumann and Brahms, and the attract of the Hungarian Gypsy kind for Brahms and others within the Schumann circle. This ebook deals a clean viewpoint at the tune of those composers, together with a entire dialogue of the nineteenth century perform of cryptography, a debunking of the parable that Schumann and Brahms planted codes for "Clara Schumann" all through their works, and a spotlight to the past due works of Schumann no longer as proof of the composer's descent into insanity yet as concept for his successors. Daverio portrays the book's 3 key gamers as musical storytellers, each one in his personal method simulating the constitution of lived adventure in artistic endeavors. As an intimate learn of 3 composers that mixes cultural historical past and literary feedback with deep musicological realizing, Crossing Paths is a wealthy exploration of reminiscence, the new edition of inventive culture, and the price of creative influence.
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