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ৰ  Format Kindle [  ⨯ Schumann: The Faces and the Masks ] 䨅 Kindle Ebook By Judith Chernaik ᐷ ৰ Format Kindle [ ⨯ Schumann: The Faces and the Masks ] 䨅 Kindle Ebook By Judith Chernaik ᐷ 1 CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH 1810 1830 EARLY YEARS Zwickau, 1810 1827 Schumanns background was middle class, provincial, unremarkable The seeds of his development into a great Romantic composer as well as his later crises, emotional and professional, can be traced in the history preserved in the Robert Schumann Haus, a beautifully maintained museum reconstructed on the site of the original family home in the town of Zwickau, in Saxony He was born on the 8th of June, 1810, the youngest of five children There were three older brothers and a sister, Emilie, fourteen years older than Robert, who suffered from a severe nervous illness Robert was petted and adored by his mother, Johanna Christiane, the daughter of Abraham Gottlob Schnabel, the chief surgeon of Zeitz Johanna was prone to melancholia, and regularly took cures at the famous Bohemian spa of Karlsbad, now Karlovy Vary, fifty five miles south of Zwickau She was considered a good singer, with a large repertoire of songs popular at the time August Schumann, Roberts father, was the son of a poor country parson from the small town of Endschutz, near Gera August burned with literary and intellectual ambition but was forced by the familys poverty to leave school at fourteen He longed to study at the University of Leipzig, and managed a few months there as an auditor His early life was a series of frustrations and compromises He was apprenticed to a local merchant, and later worked as a clerk for a bookseller He set up his own business to convince Johannas father, with whom he lodged, that he would be able to support a wife Somehow he preserved his literary ambitions He wrote and published potboilers, romances of knights and monks in the style of gothic novels, and he founded a circulating library A few years later he moved with his brother to Zwickau and established a publishing and bookselling firm, the Brothers Schumann Along with lexicons and commercial handbooks, the firm published inexpensive German translations of the classics and a Pocket Edition of the most eminent English authors, including novels by Sir Walter Scott and the poems of Lord Byron August himself translated Byrons comic verse tale Beppo and Childe Harolds Pilgrimage, Byrons semi autobiographical verse romance August Schumann had a special relationship with his gifted son He encouraged Roberts literary and musical talents, and was determined to ensure that his son would not have to repeat his own history of frustrated ambition The boy was always a scribbler, writing poetry, stories, and plays improvising at the piano, composing ambitious musical scores from an early age As a fourteen year old, Robert helped provide material for his fathers publications, including a Picture Gallery of Famous Men of All Times and Placesperhaps suggesting to Robert that he, too, could one day achieve great things August had political as well as literary enthusiasms He sympathized with the ideals of the French Revolution and regarded Napoleon as a liberator until he assumed the imperial crown and embarked on the conquest of Europe His fathers liberal tastes influenced Roberts lifelong passion for Byron and his sympathy with the revolutions that swept Europe in 1830 and 18481849 August was also a loving and indulgent father In a letter to his fourteen year old son, he writes that he is pleased to learn from Roberts older brother Eduard that the boy is doing well in his studies he hopes that he will continue to practice on the fine Streicher piano which his father has recently purchased for him He appreciates Roberts concern about his sister, Emilie, whose condition is not improving under the latest treatment He proposes that Robert might consider visiting his father in Karlsbad, rather than traveling to Dresden with his teacher, the Zwickau organist Gottfried Kuntsch He ends with fatherly advice Now, Robert dear, live properly, remain cheerful, take care of your health, and either travel with Kuntsch to Dresden or come here In the second case, I shall await you with heartfelt longing On an earlier visit to Karlsbad with his mother, Robert heard the great pianist Ignaz Moscheles perform, an inspiration to the youngster, who treasured the program long into his later life Emilie died in 1825, aged twenty eight, officially from a nervous attack, according to later accounts by drowning herself or throwing herself from a window, in an access of quiet madness A year after Emilies death, August Schumann died suddenly, probably suffering a heart attack, though his death was also attributed to a long standing severe nervous illness He left his wife, three grown sons, who inherited the publishing business, and young Robert, who at sixteen was put under the care of a guardian, Johann Gottlob Rudel His fathers will provided a yearly annuity on condition that Robert pursue a three year course of university studyhis fathers unfulfilled ambition A biography of August, published soon after his death, praised his services as an author and publisher, his selfless devotion to family and friends, and his hope that his talented youngest son might pursue his studies unencumbered by the poverty he himself had experienced as a young man These were the first severe shocks in Roberts life In an early diary, he laments having lost two dear human beings, citing one, his father, as the dearest of all, forever One would expect the other loss to be his sister, but the phrase he uses, one who in a certain view might also be lost to me forever, could plausibly refer to his romantic attachment to a Zwickau sweetheart, Nanni Petsch, who had rejected him On the anniversary of his fathers death, he expressed surprise that he did not feel distressed On New Years Day of 1829, he records reading the loving letter of my wonderful fatherpossibly the letter written from Karlsbad to the fourteen year old, quoted above The early losses Robert experienced affected his reactions to the premature deaths of close family and friends during the next decade His intimate companion the young composer Ludwig Schunke, a bright star, died of consumption at twenty four his beloved sister in law Rosalie died at twenty nine his close friend and patron Henriette Voigt died at thirty He also lost all three of his brothers Julius at twenty eight, Eduard at forty, and Carl at forty seven Death was always close, in real life as in literature For his father, and later for Robert, Shakespeare was the first Romantic, and Hamlets melancholy was its symbol Madness real and assumed, suicidal urges, the passionate rejection of the hypocrisy of kings and courtiersall had great appeal for father and son Their literary interests were European rather than narrowly German, including the Greek and Roman classics, the works of Dante and Petrarch, as well as the writings of Scott and Byron Edward Youngs melancholy Night Thoughts was a favorite, as was James Thomsons The Seasons, in the German translation set to music so memorably by Haydn While he was still at school, Robert organized a literary circle which met each week to read the plays of Schiller and other works by German writers Wide ranging as his literary interests were, Robert also retained from his protected childhood its small town provincial character In Zwickau, people knew their neighbors and everything there was to know about their business, their income, their personal trials and scandals Though he attended the Zwickau grammar school, where he learned French, Greek and Latin, and later had some lessons in English and Italian, Schumann was never at ease in other languages He reveled in his student holiday travel in northern Italy and Switzerland, but he did not travel extensively in later life, apart from six months in Vienna and a disastrous tour of Russia His real traveling took place in his mind and his music At regular intervals throughout his life, Schumann took stock of his achievements and setbacks These records, meticulously preserved by the family, are a gift to biographers They are also revealing in ways the writer could not have anticipated One of the earliest of these documents, composed in Roberts fifteenth year, describes a cheerful, talented child, eagerly absorbing his school lessons, at eight writing poems to his nine year old first love, happiest when wandering alone in the countryside and dreaming He was already placing himself in the tradition of Goethes popular novels, The Sorrows of Young Werther and Wilhelm Meisters Apprenticeship He was also a gifted mimic, with a keen comic sense Several themes of his later life are already apparent in this first of several autobiographies, entitled My Biography, or the Chief Events of my Life I was born in Zwickau on the 8th of June, 1810 Until my third year I was a child like any other but then, because my mother fell ill with a nervous fever and it was feared she might be contagious, I was sent at first for six weeks to the home of the then Burgomaster Ruppius The weeks flew by I loved Frau Ruppius, she was my second mother, in short I remained two and a half years under her truly motherly oversight I still remember well that the night before I was to leave this house, I could not sleep and wept all night long I was a good, handsome child I learned easily and was at six and a half enrolled in a private school in Freiburg In my seventh year I learned Latin, in my eighth French and Greek, and at nine and a half I entered the fourth class of our lyceum Already in my eighth yearif one can believe itI learned to know the art of love I loved in a truly innocent way the daughter of Superintendent Lorenz, by name Emilie My life then began to be less calm I was no longer so busy with my school work, although I did not lack talent What I loved best was to go for walks alone and relieve my heart in nature. After falling in love with young Emilie, who later married his brother Julius, Robert fell in love with Ida Stlzel, for whom he wrote poems, one of which he set to music His usual pattern thereafter was to fall in love with at least two girls at the same time His adolescent passions were for Nanni Petsch and Liddy Hempel, one glimpsed at a window, the other sharing a danceboth inspiring an outpouring of longing in his diary New Years Day was always an occasion for Schumann to look back over the past year and to look ahead to the next His diaries include lists of acquaintances, extracts from his extensive reading, his expenses, and philosophical commentary Even in his earliest diary he expresses doubt about keeping a record of his life In true Romantic fashion, he wonders if it might be authentic to live life intensely than to record it in the cold form of a diary In the end he embraced the highs and lows of his daily experience and also recorded each days events, his love life, real and imagined, and his literary and musical projects, some realized, many abandoned Addicted to the emotional extremes of Romantic fiction, he took note of his own dreams and nightmares and what we would now call panic attacks His father would have supported further studies in the arts But at sixteen, Schumann was subject to the worries of his mother and the guardian appointed to oversee his future They insisted that he pursue a respectable profession He agreed to enter the University of Leipzig to study law, hoping to include philosophy and history It is hard to imagine a less congenial profession for the youth often described as a shy dreamer, lost in his poetic fancies His brothers were absorbed in running their fathers publishing house in Zwickau and a press in nearby Schneeberg, and they left decisions about Roberts future to his mother and his guardian August Schumanns generous patrimony paid for Roberts music lessons, his law studies, and his holiday travel But law it must be, first in Leipzig, and a year later in the romantic city of Heidelberg.Altogether outstanding Schumanns story is oft told, but Chernaiks version eclipses its predecessors in two, perhaps three, respects She has accessed newly released documentation of Schumanns final illness She fills the book with descriptions of Schumanns compositions that are easily followed and thorough than most recording liner notes and that convincingly relate each piece to Schumanns life circumstances as well as to his other music The third distinction stems from the fact that Chernaik is also a novelist She doesnt get bogged down in data or scholarly one upmanship, her vocabulary is direct and strong, and she keeps the line of Schumanns life ever before us Ray Olson, Booklist starred review A guided tour through the life and work of Robert Schumann 1810 1856 , a musical genius who viewed the sublime before a decline into syphilitic madness A sturdy foundation of research and musical knowledge and love underlies this inspiring and wrenching account of a man who pursued, captured, and lost Kirkus Reviews starred review Schumann The Faces and the Masks Judith Chernaik Schumann millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below we ll send you a link to download free App faces masks adlibris is groundbreaking account major composer whose life works have been subject intense controversy ever since his attempted suicide early death in an insane asylum Download Free Masks by A Robert Schumann, key figure Romanticism, Review days agoSchumann was relentlessly creative giant Romantic era, but behind sublime work lurked anguish Review Simon Callow Lost music died aged ALAMY IndieBound mental draws us into milieu movement, which JUDITH CHERNAIK the Romanticism swept Europe America th century, inspiring writers, musicians painters, delighting their enthralled audiences, reaching furthest corners world Book giveaway win one copies Giveaway dates from Sep Oct , finished book Robert Wikipedia German June July influential critic He widely regarded as greatest composers era left study law, intending pursue SCHUMANN San Mateo County Libraries SCHUMANN Book Chernaik, Random House, IncA asylumSchumann Knopf Doubleday WHO WHAT Masks, new biography WHEN Published September WHERE author lives London WHY Altogether outstanding Following Beethoven s lead, most became, hebammenstube career virtuoso pianist Libraries BiblioCommons necessity, entrepreneurs legends own timeSummary reviews Chernaik born grew up New York City She graduated Cornell University received PhD Yale has taught at Columbia, Tufts, after moving with her husband children, Queen Mary College, The Carnival Animals Satoshi Gerard Benson Cicely Herbert practising poets founders Poems on Underground scheme places poetry tube network adopted many countries all over spawned hugely successful Kitamura highly acclaimed illustrator Tokyo, Japan rewards those who journey through these pages insights conclusions that make reading experience both enjoyable educative KIRKUS, starred review very personal take life, drawing unpublished Books Author Best Goodreads ratings popular Judith Editor CD Love Children avg rating, ratings, reviews, published PenguinRandomHouse JUDITH More about Product Details Guardian May obituary Member anarchic Barrow Poets also wrote prize winning children verse Topics Faber Blog discusses THE FACES MASKS accompanied APOLLO CHAMBER ENSEMBLE Writers Whether re pursuing publication first fifth, use Small Presses database research potential publishers, including submission guidelines, tips editors, contact information, De judith chernaik Livre en anglais Feuilleter paratre Ajouter ma liste de souhaits EN SAVOIR PLUS Rsum NetGalley NetGalley site where reviewers professional readers can read before they published, e galley digital form Members register request be invited publisher Books Tape Music News Journal Music round recent books, featuring Heidi 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    • Schumann: The Faces and the Masks
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    • Judith Chernaik
    • Anglais
    • 19 September 2016

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