Brahms by Karl Geiringer
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By Karl Geiringer


His Life and Work

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Brahms by Karl Geiringer

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Karl Geiringer's biography of Brahms is generally regarded as the finest study of the composer ever published in any language. It is based upon the great body of material in the archives of the Viennese Society of Friends, for which Dr. Geiringer was curator from 1930--1938, and which contains more than a thousand letters written by and to Brahms. These letters, exchanged with family and with his famous contemporaries, reveal his loneliness, grim humor, loyalty, painful shyness, and enthusiasm for the music of Beethoven and Schubert--moods that the self-effacing composer did not publicly display. Divided into sections on Brahms's solitary, scholarly existence and his fruitful composing career--including examinations of rare first drafts--the biography relates how crises in Brahms's personal life were translated into his music, and how he often managed to ignore or suppress them. Supplemented with a new appendix on "Brahms as a Reader and Collector," this third edition of a classic biography is both a literary and musicological event.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306802232
ISBN-10: 0306802236
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 137mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1984
Country of Publication: United States

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As a curator of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the author was in charge of one of the world's leading Hayden collections. His investigations took him to monasteries, libraries and, as a guest of the Hungarian government, to the archives of the Princes of Esterhazy in Budapest. This is a study of the life and works of Joseph Haydn.

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Author Biography - Karl Geiringer

Karl Geiringer was born in Vienna in 1899 and studied at the University of Berlin and the University of Vienna where he received his Ph.D. An American citizen since 1945, he has taught at Hamilton College, Boston Univeristy, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of several books including The Bach Family and Music of the Bach Family.

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