Franz Schubert and his world by Christopher H. Gibbs, Morten Solvik

By Christopher H. Gibbs, Morten Solvik

During his brief lifetime, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) contributed to a wide selection of musical genres, from intimate songs and dances to bold chamber items, symphonies, and operas. The essays and translated files in Franz Schubert and His World study his compositions and ties to the Viennese cultural context, revealing remarkable and ignored facets of his music.

Contributors discover Schubert's younger participation within the Nonsense Society, his circle of neighbors, and altering perspectives in regards to the composer in the course of his lifestyles and within the century after his dying. New insights are provided in regards to the connections among Schubert's tune and the preferred theater of the day, his thoughts for circumventing censorship, the musical and narrative relationships linking his tune settings of poems through Gotthard Ludwig Kosegarten, and musical tributes he composed to commemorate the loss of life of Beethoven simply twenty months sooner than his personal. The booklet additionally contains translations of excerpts from a literary magazine produced by means of Schubert's classmates and of Franz Liszt's essay at the opera Alfonso und Estrella. as well as the editors, the individuals are Leon Botstein, Lisa Feurzeig, John Gingerich, Kristina Muxfeldt, and Rita Steblin.

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Rupert Feuchtmüller made a valiant attempt to explain this material in his book Leopold Kupelwieser und die Kunst der österreichischen Spätromantik (Vienna, 1970), 14–15, but he confused the Nonsense Society with the Ludlamshöhle. ” The second picture shows August Kopisch, not Leopold Kupelwieser, whose code name was Damian Klex. 6. I wish to thank Morten Solvik for showing me the book by Gerhard Renner, Die Nachlässe in der Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek: Ein Verzeichnis (Vienna, 1993), that led me to make the discovery of Nonsense Society materials located in Vienna’s City Hall.

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9. Heinrich Anschütz, Erinnerungen aus dessen Leben und Wirken (Vienna, 1866), 264–65, cited in Otto Erich Deutsch, Schubert: Memoirs by His Friends, trans. Rosamond Ley and John Nowell (London, 1958), 222–23; translation amended by Christopher Gibbs. Deutsch commented that by the Nonsense Society “Anschütz probably meant ‘Die Ludlamshöhle’ to which Anschütz, though not Schubert, had belonged” (224). 10. For a facsimile of this list of Nonsense Society members, see Steblin, Die Unsinnsgesellschaft, 9.

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