Started by Florestan, May 05, 2016, 02:30:40 AM
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Quote from: Que on May 05, 2016, 02:38:29 AMGreat initiative, Andrei! Q
Quote from: Cato on May 05, 2016, 03:25:22 AMAn excellent examination of how the artists became wrapped up in the politics of that century.
Quote from: North Star on May 05, 2016, 04:07:54 AM
Quote from: ritter on May 05, 2016, 06:04:26 AMAn excellent idea, Florestan. I myself am not very much of the romantic persuasion , but will be delighted to visit (if the uncoverted are welcome, of course ) whenever I have anything interesting to comment (or, more probably, to ask)...Regards,
Quote from: Scion7 on May 05, 2016, 07:16:46 AMNightly from my narrow chamber driven,Come I to fulfil my destin'd part,Him to seek to whom my troth was given,And to draw the life-blood from his heart.He hath served my will;More I yet must kill,For another prey I now depart.
Quote from: Florestan on May 05, 2016, 11:19:46 AMSpeaking of Rossini, have you listened to his late piano music? There are some pieces there that nobody would be able to guess their author in a blind test.
Quote from: Cato on May 05, 2016, 03:25:22 AMWhat a coincidence! I had just pulled out of the archives...An excellent examination of how the artists became wrapped up in the politics of that century.
Quote from: Dancing Divertimentian on May 05, 2016, 01:09:23 PMOn which side of the Beethoven fence do we stand?
Quote from: North Star on May 05, 2016, 11:47:36 AMI have indeed, and found it very good indeed. It's been several years, though.
Quote from: SonicMan46 on May 05, 2016, 01:45:44 PMCato - boy, that book looks familiar but not found in my collection (not unexpected, wife and I donate our books to local charities on an annual basis, so may have been a read before and given away?) - but I see that Andrei has already asked for some comments - thanks. Dave
QuoteWhat these regimes did was to carry to their logical extremity Rousseau's ideas on the need to replace God in the workings of human society with something else that would motivate people in the desired direction. But regimes which applied the ideas of Rousseau somehow always seemed to inherit along with them something of the obsessive self-pitying paranoia of the man himself, and usually ended up destroying themselves through their own instruments of control and repression...(referring to Lafayette and his peers who still believed in God in some way)...These were no mere rebels; they aspired to emulate Christ by immolating themselves for the sake of humanity....The wars and revolutions they started or embraced were acts of faith...
Quote from: Cato on May 06, 2016, 07:41:48 AMAnd yet it is an almost cinematic description of large and small players in revolutionary Europe - from Portugal to Poland and even Russia (e.g. Bakunin and Dostoyevsky are discussed).
Quote from: Cato on May 06, 2016, 07:41:48 AMHoly Madness is a tour de force: beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the Franco-Prussian War, the author shows how the concepts of Romanticism galloped across Europe, although the last chapter shows the lingering of Romanticism (as a spiritual-political force) into the 20th century. Composers do not figure as much as writers,.............
Quote from: Florestan on May 06, 2016, 11:32:47 AMDoes he mention even en passant Bălcescu, C. A. Rosetti and the Brătianu brothers?
Quote from: Florestan on May 06, 2016, 07:05:29 AMRecommended article for those interested in the numerous and often rather esoteric literary connections of Schumann's solo piano music:Is Schumann's Album for the Young Really for the Young?The author, one Elizabeth Green, makes an interesting case for AFTY being inspired by, and modeled after, Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. Give it a read --- whether you agree or not, it is a good opportunity to visit / revisit one of Schumann's most charming piano cycles. There is no dearth of good recordings: Samuil Feinberg, Carlo Zecchi, Rene Gianoli, Francoise Thinat, Alexis Weissenberg, Joerg Demus, Joseph Nagy, Michael Endres, Luba Edlina... Actually, AFTY seems to be more popular with pianists than with the audience.
Quote from: Mandryka on May 06, 2016, 09:44:11 PMCan someone confirm or deny that Album for the Young cannot have been intended for youngsters because most of the pieces are too difficult? It's one of Green's "arguments."
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