The Songs of Hugo Wolf
By (author) Eric Sams
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Songs of Hugo Wolf by Eric Sams
Book DescriptionWith a foreword by the legendary accompanist, Gerald Moore, Eric Sams' study (Faber 1961, revised 1983) is a notable landmark in the establishment of Wolf as one of the supreme masters of German song. Comprehensively revised and enlarged in 1983, the main subject matter remains the 242 published songs that Wolf wrote for voice and piano, though the Ibsen songs for voice and orchestra are also discussed. English translations are provided and the backgrounds to the original poems by Morike, Eichendorff and Goethe, as well as the Italian and Spanish sources from which the songbooks were drawn, are fully explored. Each song is dated, its keys identified and vocal range determined.'This is the most important book in the English language on the songs of Hugo Wolf since Ernest Newman proclaimed the composer's genius in 1907 ...To the English-speaking student this work is a treasure to which he will find himself returning again and again: it is indispensable to those of us anxious to gain a deeper knowledge of Wolf' - Gerald Moore.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571242191
(216mm x 135mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Songs of Johannes Brahms, Hardback (May 2000)
This guide examines each of Brahms' 213 songs, translates the texts into English and provides commentary of points of musicology and literary detail. The author reveals the full extent of the poetry, fantasy and humour of the composer's works.
Real Shakespeare, Paperback (September 1997)
In an account of the first 30 years of Shakespeare's life, Eric Sams controverts all orthodox editions, biographies and references. He reveals how the playwright's youth has been concealed within a web of literary theories which misrepresent his life and work, and his early plays.
Shakespeare's Edward III, Hardback (July 1996)» View all books by Eric Sams
This annotated edition of a lost Shakespeare play, "Edward III", gives the history of the play, providing context to the drama, and also background material. The text was omitted from the Oxford "Complete Works" of Shakespeare in 1986.
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Author Biography - Eric Sams
Eric Sams (1926-2004) was exceptional both as a musicologist, specialising in German lieder, and as a Shakespeare scholar. His fascination with lieder was first inspired by hearing recordings of Hugo Wolf songs in the collection of one of his schoolmasters. He had an exceptional gift for quoting at length the texts of almost of any verse, including the complete works of Shakespeare. He studied modern languages at Cambridge and then joined the Civil Service. He became a highly respected music critic, with a witty and allusive style, reviewing regularly for, among others, the Times Literary Supplement. He wrote several books, and specialized in the relationship between music and language, particularly the text settings of the Romantic song composers.
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