Franz Schubert The Complete Songs Graham Johnson

Publication date:
22 Sep 2014
Yale University Press
3000 pages: 235 x 156mm
600 b-w illus.
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This three-volume boxed set is the definitive work on Franz Schubert's vocal music with piano. A richly illustrated encyclopaedia, these substantial volumes contain more than seven hundred song commentaries with parallel text and translations (by Richard Wigmore), detailed annotations on the songs' poetic sources, and biographies of one hundred and twenty poets, as well as general articles on accompaniment, tonality, transcriptions, singers, and more. Written by Graham Johnson - celebrated accompanist, author, and the first pianist ever to record all of Schubert's songs and part-songs - this sumptuous work is a must for performers, scholars, and all lovers of Schubert lieder.

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Graham Johnson is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and plays for recitals around the world.

'Indispensible ... very, very hard to put down.' –Matthew Gurewitsch, The Wall Street Journal 

'The three-volume set is, by a wide margin, the definitive work on Schubert's vocal music with piano. It is also easy to navigate, entertaining, and readable, at one stroke the indispensable reference for singers, pianists, musicologists, lovers of music in general, and fans of Schubert in particular.' –Rodney Punt, Classical Voice North America 

'Known for his lengthy and scholarly booklet notes for the Schubert edition, [Graham Johnson] has now taken the material, expanded and rewritten it, and produced what will surely stand as one of the great modern monuments of practical musicology, his vast three-volume encyclopedia, handsomely published by Yale University Press.' –Ian Bostridge, The New York Review of Books

'Johnson's three volumes will be a reference book for the ages. The scholarship is meticulous and the analysis consistently clear and insightful.' –The Times Literary Supplement

'Graham Johnson's achievement is outstanding: engrossing, informative and astonishing in its breadth and accuracy.' –The Times Literary Supplement

'This can be regarded as the authoratative catalogue raisonée of the Schubert repertoire.' –The Times Literary Supplement

'Johnson merits our profound gratitude for an exemplary encyclopaedic achievement rooted in artistry and deep familiarity.' –The Times Literary Supplement

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