Prologue: Schubert yesterday; 1. Representing Schubert: 'A life devoted to art'; 2. Young Schubert: 'The master in the boy'; 3. Ingenious Schubert: 'The price of song'; 4. Popular Schubert: 'The turning point'; 5. Dark Schubert: 'A black-winged demon of sorrow and melancholy'; 6. Poor Schubert: 'Miserable reality'; 7. Late Schubert: 'Who shall stand beside Beethoven?'; 8. Immortal Schubert: 'Composing invisibly'; Epilogue: Schubert today; Notes; Further reading.
This searching biography takes a fresh look at this elusive and misunderstood genius.
' ... a well-researched, warmly written, and refreshing new look at the Austrian composer.' The Library Journal ' ... timely and valuable ... Mr Gibbs, with his solid grounding and balanced view, packs a great deal into a small space ...'. New York Times ' ... timely and valuable ... Gibbs, with his solid grounding and balanced view, packs a great deal into a small space and supplies a corrective still sorely needed, or, as he suggests, needed now more than ever, as seductive new theories mingle freely with comfortable old myths.' International Herald Tribune 'A clear-sighted, brisk survey of the life.' Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine 'The latest book in Cambridge's excellent series of short, non-specialist Musical Lives.' Guy Dammann, Times Literary Supplement 'The book in general is concise, scholarly and clearly written ... and I learnt a lot from it about Schubert and about Viennese musical life in the 1820s that was new to me.' Opera