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 idea and a large choice of nineteenth-century assets, he considers subject matters together with Schubert and Schumann's uncanny skill to awaken reminiscence in track, the intended cryptographic practices of Schumann and Brahms, and the attract of the Hungarian Gypsy kind for Brahms and others within the Schumann circle. This e-book bargains a clean point of view at the song 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 focus to the past due works of Schumann now not as facts of the composer's descent into insanity yet as proposal for his successors. Daverio portrays the book's 3 key gamers as musical storytellers, every one in his personal method simulating the constitution of lived event in artworks. As an intimate examine of 3 composers that mixes cultural historical past and literary feedback with deep musicological knowing, Crossing Paths is a wealthy exploration of reminiscence, the new edition of inventive culture, and the price of inventive influence.
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