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The Loves of Great Composers

Gustav Kobbé

Book Overview: 

Gustav Kobbe was a German/US music critic who worked at the time of Liszt and Wagner in particular, and was clearly in the Wagnerian rather than the Brahms camp. His unusual style of writing and his strongly romantic take on the loves of these seven composers makes for entertaining listening, even though his facts and opinions may differ from more academic writers and biographers of these composers. Each composer occupies a section or chapter, with Wagner getting the fuller account in terms of length. In fact Gustav Kobbe claims he knew Liszt and Wagner as well as Cosima Wagner - so this must be quite original and authoritative. The 19C period and its atmosphere is conveyed by Kobbe's unusual sentence construction and reads more like story telling rather than a written work.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . dedications of his works were friends, not merely patrons. Despite his uncouth manners and appearance, his genius, up to the point at least when it took its highest flights in the "Ninth Symphony" and the last quartets, was appreciated; and he was a figure in Viennese society. The Brunswick house was one of many that were open to him. The Brunswicks were art lovers. Franz, the son of the house, was the composer's intimate friend. The mother had all possible graciousness and charm, but with it also a passionate pride in her family and her rank, a hauteur that would have caused her to regard an alliance between Therese and Beethoven as monstrous. Therese was an exceptional woman. She had an oval, classic face, a lovely disposition, a pure heart and a finely cultivated mind. The German painter, Peter Cornelius, said of her that any one who spoke with her felt elevated and ennobled. The family was of the right mettle. The Countess Blanka Teleki, who was condemned t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

✨ “ Cảm nhận cá nhân “ ✨

⭐️ 3/5

Đây thật sự là một cuốn sách khá là thử thách ( lúc mới bắt đầu đọc một vài ba quyển sách như mình ) bởi lẽ nó ghi về những nhạc sĩ huyền thoại có nhiều từ ngữ mà mình không hiểu được mà tác giả ko chú thích, có nhiều nhân vật mà rất khó nhớ tên và đôi khi tình yêu của

Sách chủ yếu viết về các nhà soạn nhạc thể kỷ 19 ở châu Âu. Cách viết có hơi một chiều. Đọc để biết thêm tên 1 số nhà soạn nhạc nổi tiếng.

The loves of the great composers that are described in this book are:
Mozart and his Constance
Beethoven and his "Immortal Beloved"
Mendelssohn and his Cecile
Chopin and the Countess Delphine Potocka
The Schumanns: Robert and Clara
Franz Liszt and his Carolyne
Wagner and Cosima
It was interesting, but not a

lots of romanticizing. i expected something more realistic & biographical, i guess.

Tác giả kể về những mối tình, những hậu phương để lại dấu ấn sâu đậm trong cuộc đời của các nhà soạn nhạc thiên tài bằng văn phong đầy chất thơ.
Cuốn sách giúp tôi không chỉ hiểu biết thêm về những người phụ nữ đã xuất hiện và ảnh hưởng đến các nhà nghệ sĩ thiên tài của thời đại, mà con giúp người đọ