Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 858 pages
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'Styra Avins's massive selected letters, scrupulously translated in collaboration with Josef Eisinger has rapidly established itself as the classic text, with her linking narrative and annotations virtually doubling as a biography' -BBC Music Magazine'Occasionally a book comes along which changes perceptions of its subject. This is such a book. Her annotations are not only scholarly but often witty and always full of common sense' - Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph'Delightful and absorbing. It is going to become an absolutely central work of reference: I expect to be using it for the rest of my life' -Calum MacDonald, BBC Music MagazinePublished to mark the centenary of Brahms's death in 1897, this is the first comprehensive English language collection of Brahms's letters. It contains over 550 letters, including more than a dozen previously unpublished in any language. The letters are woven together with an extended biographical narrative, and span the entire life of the composer. The book is written for the general music-lover, but is documented with scholarly care. Brahms enthusiasts will enjoy learning from his own words about the man who wrote such great music.
 

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User Review  - ellenflorman - LibraryThing

I took a course on Brahms with Styra Avins while she was working ont his book. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about Brahms as well as an excellent cellist. The scholarship here is excellent! Read full review

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Avins, a cellist and musicologist at Drew University, has filled a conspicuous lacuna in Brahms scholarship, as no general collection of Brahms's letters had ever before been translated into English ... Read full review

Contents

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Additional Notes
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Appendices
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Bibliography
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Illustration Acknowledgements
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About the author (2001)

Avins studied cello at the Juilliard School of Music and has a Master's Degree in Cello from the Manhattan School of Music. Eisinger (Avins's husband) is a scientist and writer.

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