I am grateful to Wellesley College for the sabbatical leave in 1995–96 in which I began to write this book. Several passages included here have appeared before in print: sections II through IV of chapter 3 are largely taken from “Questions about the Persona of Schubert's 'Wanderer' Fantasy, ” College Music Symposium 29 (1989): 19–30; a few sentences of section V of the epilogue appeared in “Rehearing the Moment and Hearing-in-the-Moment: Schubert's First Two Moments Musicaux,” College Music Symposium 30, no. 2 (1990): 1–18. Sections II through IV of chapter 9 are taken, for the most part, from “What Schubert's Last Sonata Might Hold, ” in Music and Meaning, ed. Jenefer Robinson (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 1997), 179–200. I am grateful to these publishers for permission to reprint these passages.
My personal thanks go first to Joseph Kerman, who took an interest in this project in its earliest stages and has followed it closely ever since. I know no one who understands better how to temper firm, sometimes even difficult criticism with kind encouragement and support. Not only has he steered me away from some dubious paths, he has also encouraged me to persevere along some that I might otherwise have lacked the courage to follow wholeheartedly. In him I have been blessed with a sympathetically engaged mentor who, despite his deep involvement with my project, has never once imposed on me an agenda of his own.