Xaver Scharwenka: Sounds From My Life: Reminiscences of a Musician

Xaver Scharwenka: Sounds From My Life: Reminiscences of a Musician

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Xaver Scharwenka (1850-1924) was considered one of the finest pianists of his era by professional musicians and audiences alike, akin to famous virtuosos such as Anton Rubinstein, Franz Liszt, and Moritz Rosenthal. He was also well respected as a composer of considerable talent, producing music with rhythmic vitality, strong melodic content, sound construction, and wit. Scharwenka's autobiography, Sounds From My Life: Reminiscences of a Musician, first published in German in 1922, is now available for the first time in English. Music students, teachers, performers, and admirers may now read for themselves about the life, travels, and relationships of this musical personality. This charming and amusing autobiography contains extensive annotations that identify people, places, and events. A lengthy introduction gives an overview of Scharwenka's life while providing comments from contemporary and modern writers about the man, his music, and his performing. An audio CD of representative musical selections brings Scharwenka to life as both performer and composer, while a comprehensive discography provides useful information to readers interested in pursuing his music further.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810856691
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/26/2007
Edition description: BOOK & CD
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.24(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Robert S. Feigelson is professor emeritus of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stanford University. William E. Petig is on the faculty of German Studies at Stanford University and served as director of the Lower Division German program.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Translator's Foreword Part 3 Scharwenka's Dedication Part 4 Samter, 1850-1858 Part 5 Posen, 1858-1865 Part 6 Berlin, 1865-1891 Part 7 New York, 1891-1898 Part 8 Back in Berlin, 1898 Part 9 Catalog of Scharwenka's Work Part 10 Discography Chapter 11 Scharwenka's Recorded Performances Chapter 12 Recorded Performances of Scharwenka's Musical Compositions Part 13 Appendix: Compact Disc Contents Part 14 Index Part 15 About the Authors

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