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The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms$
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Russell Stinson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195171099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171099.001.0001

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Robert Schumann

Robert Schumann

(p.76) Two Robert Schumann
The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms

Russell Stinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by discussing how Schumann was introduced to Bach's organ works probably by his childhood teacher. It primarily tells of Schumann's admiration of Bach. It notes that he regarded Bach as the greatest of all composers. It narrates that due to several illness, Schumann decided to leave Leipzig, give up the NeueZeitschrift für Musik, and move his family to Dresden. It discusses that Schumann modelled several of his own compositions after organ works of Bach using the organ as his medium for composition. It adds that in the context of the 19th-century Bach revival, nonetheless, Schumann made his greatest contribution as editor for the NeueZeitschrift für Musik, a periodical that regularly reviewed performances and editions of organ works by Bach—and where Schumann himself published a half-dozen of them. This chapter also examines Mendelssohn's influence on Schumann regarding his admiration of Bach.

Keywords:   Leipzig, Schumann, NeueZeitschrift für Musik, Dresden, Mendelssohn

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