Ernest Newman: A Critical Biography - Music in Britain, 1600-2000 v. 16 (Hardback)Paul Watt (author)
Hardback 274 Pages / Published: 16/06/2017
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Ernest Newman (1868-1959) left an indelible mark on British musical criticism in a career spanning more than seventy years. His magisterial Life of Richard Wagner, published in four volumes between 1933 and 1946, is regarded as his crowning achievement, but Newman wrote many other influential books and essays on a variety of subjects ranging from early music to Schoenberg. In this book, the geneses of Newman's major publications are examined in the context of prevailing intellectual trends in history, criticism and biography. Newman's career as a writer is traced across a wide range of subjects including English and French literature, evolutionary theory and biographical method, and French, German and Russian music. Underpinning many of these works is Newman's preoccupation with rationalism and historical method. By examining particular sets of writings such as composer-biographies and essays from leading newspapers such as the Manchester Guardian and the Sunday Times, this book illustrates the ways in which Newman's work was grounded in late nineteenth-century intellectual paradigms that made him a unique and at times controversial figure. PAUL WATT is Senior Lecturer in Musicology in the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music at Monash University.
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 274
Weight: 654 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 24 mm
Both Ernest Newman and Paul Watt, the author of this in-depth and very well researched tome, were and are, excellent writers.Watt really delves into the life and writings of Newman, which certainly enlightens any of us willing, or wishing, to know more about such a major influential figure in both musical criticism and biography.This is indeed a very good and stimulating read. SOUNDS MAGAZINE An immensely stimulating and readable book, raising many interesting and ever-relevant questions concerning the nature of music biography and criticism, and how they are affected by extra-musical issue of contemporary social and intellectual preoccupation. THE MUSICAL TIMES Thanks to Watt, we know that Newman was personally indebted to his Freethought associates...[this is an] impressively researched book'. David Cormack, THE WAGNER JOURNAL Newman's importance as a critic and a commentator cannot be understated for he opened doors to listeners who did not have access to the plethora of music of music that is now available...this book is important and will help to keep Newman's contribution to our musical heritage in perspective and alive. SPIRITED, THE GAZETTE OF THE ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL The book is extremely well written, referenced, and produced, and shows an exemplary attention to detail...Paul Watt has done scholars a considerable service, this being the first book to place the whole span of Newman's career and the most significant parts of his writing in both context and continuum. Paul Rodmell, CONTEXT: JOURNAL OF MUSIC RESEARCH Newman's thinking...comes into focus remarkably well...This is a readable book, with plenty to tell us about the development of an influential mind. Stephen Johnson, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE [A] well-researched, well-written, well-presented book, drawing upon an impressive bibliography, both musicological and more broadly historiographical. NABMSA REVIEWS Ernest Newman was Wagner's most detailed biographer - and despite the age of his four-volume "Life Of Richard Wagner" it remains indispensable. Ernest Newman finds himself and his work treated to an equally fine biography by Paul Watt. Well worth your attention. THE WAGNERIAN This excellent and detailed biography demands to be consulted in conjunction with Newman's writings. AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW
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