Isaac Alb niz

Author: Walter Aaron Clark
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 9780199250523
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'Clark makes a convincing case for a revision of received opinion in a clear, scholarly but readable narrative that is refreshingly untrendy... Clark's biography has much to recommend it. I particularly enjoyed the depiction of fin-de-siècle European musical life that forms a kind of incidental accompaniment to the main story.' -Tess Knighton, Times Literary SupplementIsaac Albéniz (1860-1909) composed some of the most enduring masterpieces in a Spanish style, works that remain favourites with guitarists, pianists, and music lovers the world over. This is the only biography in English of the fascinatingly complex man behind this music, and it presents much valuable new information about his career as a performer and composer.

The Portrait in Fiction of the Romantic Period

Author: Joe Bray
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317019776
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Beginning with the premise that the portrait was undergoing a shift in both form and function during the Romantic age, Joe Bray examines how these changes are reflected in the fiction of writers such as Maria Edgeworth, Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Elizabeth Hamilton and Amelia Opie. Bray considers portraiture in a broad sense as encompassing caricature and the miniature, as well as the classic portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds and others. He argues that the portrait in fiction often functions not as a transparent index to character or as a means of producing a straightforward likeness, but rather as a cue for misreading and a sign of the slipperiness and subjectivity of interpretation. The book is concerned with more than simply the appearance of portraits in Romantic fiction, however. More broadly, The Portrait in Fiction of the Romantic Period investigates how the language of portraiture pervades the novel in this period and how the two art forms exert mutual stylistic influence on each other.

Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era 1760 1850

Author: Christopher John Murray
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781579584221
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Review: "Written to stress the crosscurrent of ideas, this cultural encyclopedia provides clearly written and authoritative articles. Thoughts, themes, people, and nations that define the Romantic Era, as well as some frequently overlooked topics, receive their first encyclopedic treatments in 850 signed articles, with bibliographies and coverage of historical antecedents and lingering influences of romanticism. Even casual browsers will discover much to enjoy here."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

James Joyce and German Theory

Author: Barbara Laman
Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
ISBN: 9780838640296
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James Joyce's aesthetic theories, as explicated by Stephen Dedalus in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and in the Scylla and Charybdis chapter of Ulysses, have generally been assumed to be grounded in Aristotle and Aquinas. Indeed, Stephen mentions those thinkers especially in Portrait, at the same time as he rejects Romantic notions. This book investigates the extent to which Joyce's theories as well as his practice, beginning with his critical writings and Stephen Hero, are indebted to early German Romanticism. The allusions, affinities, and analogies, as well as differential relationships between the Joycean oeuvre and texts of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Friedrich Schiegel, and Novalis are often palpable, sometimes tentative, but clearly present in most of his works, including Finnegans Wake.

William Walton

Author: Humphrey Burton
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780198162353
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Almost two decades after his death Walton's reputation is higher than ever - many of his masterworks remain firm favourites in the concert repertoire, notably his eloquent concertos for violin, viola and cello, his dramatic cantata Belshazzar's Feast, his vivid film scores (such as Henry V), his powerful First Symphony (the creative outcome of a tempestuous love affair) and the sparkling entertainment Facade, a brilliant divertissement based on Edith Sitwell's poems and composed before hewas twenty. Born in the cotton town of Oldham, young Billie's life was transformed when he won a boy chorister's scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. He soon lost his Lancashire accent but never his innate canniness. His remarkable creative gifts were spotted early both by Hubert Parry (of "Jerusalem" fame) and the intellectually adventurous circle surrounding the Sitwell family, who persuaded him, since he was determined not to return to the narrow confines of life in Oldham, that he should quit Oxford without a degree to live with them in Jazz-Age London and earn his living purely as a composer. He stuck to music but it made him only a pittance, however, and he became a self-acknowledged scrounger, lodging with the Sitwells for over ten years. His evident genius and his romantic good looks saw him taken up by rich admirers such as the poet Siegfried Sassoon and the rich industrialist Samuel Corutauld, to whose mistress, Christabel Aberconway, he dedicated his first orchestral masterpiece, the 1929 Viola Concerto. His idyllic relationship with a beautiful but impecunious German princess ended in an emotional turmoil that held up completion of his First Symphony for over a year. Walton then became the lover of a woman 22 years his senior, Alice, Viscountess Wimborne, a powerful society hostess who guided his career and chose the librettist, Christopher Hassall, for his first opera Troilus and Cressida. Within a year of her death in 1948 (when he was 46) hemet the vivacous 22 year old Susana Gil Passo and they married after a whirlwind courtship. On their honeymoon he announced that he did not want children and intended to live in Italy. They settled on the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, eventually acquiring a plot of rocky hillside land upon which they developed the villas and estate of La Mortella, now one of Italy's best-known gardens. A professional composer to his fingertips, always writing to commission, Walton's critical reputation sagged during his self-imposed Italian exile. But he demonstrated an uncanny flair for tapping a patriotic vein in such popular works as Crown Imperial, Orb and Sceptre and the Coronation Te Deum. A knighthood awarded in 1951 was followed by other honours, notably the Order of Merit. His final years were dogged by ill health - including a near fatal attack of lung cancer - and by a depressing sense of creative impotence; lack of inspiration forced him to abandon plans in his seventies to compose a Third Symphony. The authors Humphrey Burton and Maureen Murray worked with Walton on Ischia and have retained their Waltonian links since his death in 1983: she is curator of the Walton Archive and he is a member of the Walton Trust. With their shared background in television documentary they have adopted a filmic approach to this new pictorial biography. Each of its eight chapters opens with a succinct descriptive essay highlighting Walton's life and his significant musicalachievements: the narrative text is followed by many pages of illustrations, in which portraits by Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt, Norman Parkinson and many others are interspersed with hitherto unpublished family photographs, music manuscript, press cuttings, playbills etc., all accompanied by commentary, reminiscences, anecdotes and liberal quotations from Walton's typically trenchant letters and self-deprecating interviews for radio and television. Much more than a coffee-table book, this centenary tribute conveys the essence of Walton's personality and provides a measure of his colossal artistic achievement. It will be essential reading for all lovers of his music and students of twentieth century musical life.

Imagining the Gallery

Author: Christopher Kent Rovee
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 9780804751247
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Reading portraiture as a national rhetoric during the romantic period, Imagining the Gallery reveals a pervasive cultural discourse that reflects and propels sociopolitical shifts taking place in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Britain.

Edwin Mullhouse

Author: Steven Millhauser
Publisher: Septime Verlag
ISBN: 3903061379
Format: PDF
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"Edwin Abraham Mullhouse, dessen tragischer Tod um 01:06 Uhr des 1. August 1954 Amerika seines talentiertesten Schriftstellers beraubte, wurde um 01:06 Uhr am 1. August 1943 im schattigen Städtchen Newfield, Connecticut, geboren." Dies ist der Beginn der fiktiven Biografie des Schriftstellers Edwin Mullhouse, der im Alter von zwei Jahren Shakespeare rezitiert und mit zehn seinen von Kritikern hochgelobten Roman verfasst. Mit elf Jahren kommt Edwin auf mysteriöse Weise ums Leben. Jeder Schritt seines kurzen Lebens wurde von Jeffrey Cartwright, selbst ein Kind und Erzähler der Geschichte, dokumentiert. Mit dem Ziel einer perfekten Biografie beschreibt Jeffrey akribisch, fast voyeuristisch, die einzelnen Entwicklungsphasen seines besten Freundes - von den ersten Sprech- Steh- und Gehversuchen über die unglückliche Liebesromanze mit Rose Dorn bis hin zu Edwins Meisterwerk Cartoons. Im Grunde sind Edwin und Jeffrey zwei ganz normale Jungs, die ihre Kindheit in den 40ern und 50ern verbringen, ständig umgeben vom Wandel der Zeit - den Zuckerstangen, den Jahrmarktautomaten, Jeffreys Chemiebau-kasten oder den Geschichten von Charles Dickens, die ihnen Mr. Mullhouse abends vorliest. Wären da nicht noch der in sich gekehrte Edward Penn, der Comics sammelt, schreibt und Edwins Faszination dafür erweckt, oder Arnold Hasselstrom, ein ungehorsamer Junge, der Edwin die Reize des Verbotenen näherbringt ...