The Songs of Robert Schumann
By (author) Eric Sams
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Songs of Robert Schumann by Eric Sams
Book DescriptionEric Sams' study of Schumann's 246 songs (Faber 1961, revised 1993) - a companion volume to his "The Songs of Hugo Wolf", also available in Faber Finds - remains a classic text. By providing a translation, commentary and notes for each of the songs, tracing original sources and relating recurring themes vividly to Schumann's life, Sams provides a unique documentary of Schumann's song-writing art. The book includes a foreword (to the First Edition) by the legendary accompanist, Gerald Moore, who writes: 'So felicitous is the writing that one is hardly conscious of the erudition and profound thought that have gone into the making of it ...Eric Sams has produced a work that will be read and read again as long as Robert Schumann's songs are loved.'
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571242207
(216mm x 135mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 21-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eric Sams
Songs of Hugo Wolf, Paperback (August 2008)
Focuses on the 242 published songs that Wolf wrote for voice and piano and discusses the Ibsen songs for voice and orchestra. This book provides translations and backgrounds to the original poems by Morike, Eichendorff and Goethe, and explores the Italian and Spanish sources from which the songbooks were drawn.
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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