Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians
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.
No musician or music lover should be without it.
How much musical wisdom can be packed into one slim volume? . . . Humorous [and] down-to-earth.
Beautifully turned and succinctly expressed.
Isserlis [offers] explanation and commentary that let Schumann talk directly to us, in an open and somehow contemporary manner. The advice is all superb.
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