B0062. Schubertís Vienna. Raymond Erickson, Ed. The Aston Magna Academy Book. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1997. 283pp. Photos, a few in color. Index; Hardcover. DJ. Presentation Copy. - 9780300070804 0 300 070802
"The Vienna in which Franz Schubert lived for the thirty-one years of his life was a city of music, dance, and coffeehousesóa center of important achievements in the arts. But it was also the capital of an empire that was constantly at war in the composerís youth and that became a police state during his maturity. Now, in the bicentennial of Schubert's birth, this elegantly written and richly illustrated book paints a vivid picture of the culture, society, and politics of Schubert's Vienna.
Eminent authorities examine Viennaís history and politics, class structure, and social conventions. They describe private and public entertainments, including music and dance, as well as classical and popular Viennese theater, both of which achieved special greatness in the early nineteenth century. They investigate the historical layers of architecture and sculpture that preserved Viennaís past or reflected the imperatives of Schubertís time. They analyze genres of painting that exemplified or went beyond the ideals of Biedermeier society. And they discuss literary currents reflected in (or absent from) the poetry that fired Schubertís musical imagination.
This charming book, which enriches our view of Schubert and the city in which he lived, will be treasured by both lovers of music and lovers of Vienna."
- Yale University Press