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Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians

Steven Isserlis

Celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis adds his own extensive commentary to Robert Schumann’s ‘Advice for Young Musicians’, a nineteenth century text that remains a must-read for music students today.

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‘No musician or music lover should be without it.’ BBC Music Magazine

Robert Schumann was far ahead of his time: his music anticipated a multitude of trends that would spread in the 150 years after his death, and almost every major composer who followed him acknowledged his influence. He was also revolutionary in his attitude to young people; in 1848 he wrote his famous Advice to Young Musicians, a book that is still deeply relevant today. In this volume, celebrated cellist Steven Isserlis has taken Schumann’s words of wisdom and set them in a modern context with his own extensive commentary. By turns practical, humorous and profound, this book is a must for aspiring musicians and music-lovers of all ages.

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No musician or music lover should be without it.

BBC History Magazine
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How much musical wisdom can be packed into one slim volume? . . . Humorous [and] down-to-earth.

Richard Fairman, Financial Times 'Books of the Year'
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Beautifully turned and succinctly expressed.

Jessica Duchen, JDCMB 'Books of the Year'
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Isserlis [offers] explanation and commentary that let Schumann talk directly to us, in an open and somehow contemporary manner. The advice is all superb.

Times Literary Supplement

Steven Isserlis enjoys a unique and multi-faceted career as soloist, chamber musician and educator. He appears regularly with the world’s leading orchestras, gives recitals every season in major musical centres, devises fascinating chamber music programmes, performs with many period-instrument ensembles, plays and writes for children, and works with many living composers. He has written two children’s books, and gives masterclasses…

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