Gesammelte Schriften über Musik und Musiker (Schumann, Robert)
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Music and Musicians. Essays and Criticisms by
Robert Schumann. London: William Reeves, 1877.
Includes a 25-page introductory essay-biography
by the editor and translator, Fanny Raymond Ritter.
Ritter later published a second volume of selections;
the two volumes were then referred to as the First
and Second Series. See additional comments below.
|Work Title||Gesammelte Schriften über Musik und Musiker|
|Composer Time Period||Romantic|
|Instrumentation||history, analysis, and criticism|
“… After … translating Schumann’s entire collection of essays and
reviews, as arranged by himself, … I finally decided to publish at first a
series of selections from my translation, - about half the entire work ….
A second volume, including the remainder of Schumann’s collection,
will follow in due course of time.” From Ritter’s introduction to the
First Series, pp. xxv-xxvi.
Ms. Ritter’s first volume “was published with no certainty that a Second
Series would follow…. [S]he selected what appeared to her to be the
best of the crop for the First Series…. In so doing she disregarded the
chronological order which Schumann had chosen for his book ….
Her accomplishment in translating the whole two volumes was formidable,
but the English is so dated and the error count so high that her work could
not be allowed to stand for ever as the English-speaking music lover’s
only insight into the literary and critical gifts of Robert Schumann. The
volumes are, moreover, almost totally devoid of annotation.” Henry Pleasants,
from the introduction to his later edition, The Musical World of Robert
Schumann: A Selection from His Own Writings (1965), reprinted as
Schumann on Music: A Selection from the Writings (1988).
The original German texts are at Wikisource: Gesammelte Schriften über Musik und Musiker.