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TRANSCENDENTAL CHESS GAMES

John Daverio

in Crossing Paths

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195132960
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132960.003.0007
TRANSCENDENTAL CHESS GAMES

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This chapter focuses on the relationship between Brahms and Schumann. It suggests that what Brahms learned from Schumann arose from the interplay of strategy and affect, of technique and expression. It argues that for Brahms, the essence of the Requiem idea lay not in maudlin lamentation but in the situation of death in a cycle of dissolution and renewal. Nowhere is this outlook more apparent than in his musical eulogies for Schumann, both texted and untexted, of which the most profound perhaps occurs at the conclusion of his Third Symphony.

Keywords: Brahms; music; Third Symphony; Schumann; Requiem

Chapter.  11196 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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