Jul 04, 2020
Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician
Posted by John Worthen

This candid, intimate, and compellingly written new biography offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann s life It confronts the traditional perception of the doom laden Romantic, forced by depression into a life of helpless, poignant sadness John Worthen s scrupulous attention to the original sources reveals Schumann to have been an astute, witty, articulate, and immenseThis candid, intimate, and compellingly written new biography offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann s life It confronts the traditional perception of the doom laden Romantic, forced by depression into a life of helpless, poignant sadness John Worthen s scrupulous attention to the original sources reveals Schumann to have been an astute, witty, articulate, and immensely determined individual, who with little support from his family and friends in provincial Saxony painstakingly taught himself his craft as a musician, overcame problem after problem in his professional life, and married the woman he loved after a tremendous battle with her father Schumann was neither manic depressive nor schizophrenic, although he struggled with mental illness He worked prodigiously hard to develop his range of musical styles and to earn his living, only to be struck down, at the age of forty four, by a vile and incurable disease.Worthen s biography effectively de mystifies a figure frequently regarded as a Romantic enigma It frees Schumann from 150 years of mythmaking and unjustified psychological speculation It reveals him, for the first time, as a brilliant, passionate, resolute musician and a thoroughly creative human being, the composer of arguably the best music of his generation.

  • Title: Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician
  • Author: John Worthen
  • ISBN: 9780300111606
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Robert Schumann Life and Death of a Musician This candid intimate and compellingly written new biography offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann s life It confronts the traditional perception of the doom laden Romantic forced by depression

    Will White

    I gave this book five stars even though I might have preferred another biography Let me explain The major thesis of the book is that Schumann s death was the result of end stage syphilis, contracted when he was a young man The state of the medical art had not matured enough to track syphilis from its early transmission to its late stage devastation, but now that we know how the disease progresses, it is possible to correlate its path with Schumann s biographical details.Worthen contends that pre [...]


    Danielle

    This is an in depth, well done biography of a fascinating and talented composer More than anything else, this book made me realize that while Schumann now has special meaning for me, because I feel like I KNOW him, if I were to read biographies of this depth about all the composers I know and teach, I would have a sprawling musical family, and I would find myself incapacitated in the face of choosing the best or most important to focus on in class They all matter They re all interesting Schumann [...]


    Andre LeMagne

    This book convincingly debunks the long standing story that Schumann suffered from mental illness Schumann suffered from syphilis, and it attacked his brain late in life Up until that point, Schumann led a productive life and successfully managed his complicated business affairs Worthen s rebuttal is welcome, because it helps discredit the old wives tale that you need to be crazy in order to be creative.


    Heini Matilda

    3


    Monica

    I registered a book at BookCrossing BookCrossing journal 14819961



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