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Kreisleriana, the Poet and the Composer Music Criticism

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ISBN-10: 0521543398

ISBN-13: 9780521543392

Edition: 2003

Authors: E. T. A. Hoffmann, David Charlton, Martyn Clarke

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This book contains the first complete translation in English of E. T. A. Hoffmann's major musical writings, complementing the well-known Tales. It offers, therefore, a long-awaited opportunity to assess the thought and influence of one of the most famous of all writers on music and the musical links with his fiction. Containing the first complete appearance in English of Kreisleriana, it reveals a masterpiece of imaginative writing whose title is familiar to musicians (from Robert Schumann's piano cycle) and whose profound humour and irony can now be fully appreciated. This volume offers translations aiming at the greatest fidelity to Hoffmann, as well as musical accuracy in the reviews.…    
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List price: $62.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/16/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

German writer, composer, and painter ErnstTheodor Amadeus Hoffman was born in Konigsberg, Prussia in 1776. After beginning a career in the law, Hoffman turned to music, working as a conductor, music director, and critic, and later composing a ballet, an opera, and other works. He established himself as a writer with the four-volume story collection Phatasiestucke in Callier Manier (Fantasy Stories in the Manner of Callot), which was published in 1814-1815. Even though he published several novels and story collections, including Nachtstucke (Hoffman's Strange Stories, 1817) and Die Serapionsbruder (The Serapion Brethren, 1819-1821), Hoffman continued to support himself as a legal official in…    

David Charlton is Professor Emeritus, Music History, at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a regular contributor to conferences and has sat on the Council of the Royal Musical Association and the Comit� International Hector Berlioz. He has published widely on the history of opera and his books include Gr�try and the Growth of Op�ra-Comique (1986), E. T. A. Hoffmann's Musical Writings (1989), French Opera, 1730-1830 (2000) and The Cambridge Companion to Grand Opera (as editor, 2003).

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Kreisleriana and The Poet and the Composer: Editor's preface to Kreisleriana and The Poet and the Composer
Music Criticism: Sources and suppositive reviews