Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Franz Schubert and His World

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Franz Schubert and His World

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Franz Schubert and His World. Edited by Christopher H. Gibbs and Morten Solvik. The Bard Music Festival. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2014. xvii, 364 pp. ISBN 978-0-691-16379-6 (hardcover): $75; 978-0-691-16380-2 (paperback): $35. press. princeton.edu

This is the twenty-fifth tide in a series whose aim is to explore the worlds of particular composers. In the case of Schubert, that world was fairly confined to Vienna in a public career that spanned just the fourteen years from 1814-1828. The book includes seven articles by leading Schubert scholars and two translated excerpts from earlier writings. Essays by Rita Steblin and John Gingerich concentrate on Schubert's social circle. To further illuminate the activies of this circle, David Gramit provides translations from Bey träge zur Bildung Jur Jünglinge (Contributions to Education for Youths), a journal published in 1817-1818 that included contributions from Schubert's close associates. Three authors for the Bard series focus on Schubert's involvement with dramatic genres, including the Liederspiel and Volkstheater. Schubert's composed the opera Alfonso und Estrella in 1822, but it was never performed in his lifetime. In 1854 Franz Liszt revived the opera and published an essay about the project, which appears in this volume in a translation by Allan Keiler. …

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