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Peter Ostwald (1928–1996)

Author of Glenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius

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Peter F. Ostwald, founder and director of the Health Program for Performing Artists, received the Deems Taylor ASCAP award for his biography Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius, and the Nijinsky medal for Vaslav Nijinsky: A Leap into Madness. He died, soon after completing this book, in show more 1996. show less

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picardyrose | May 9, 2007 |
This is a fascinating analysis of Schumann's mental illness and compositions by a psychiatrist and music lover. It is essential if you want to understand the composer's alter egos Eusebius (the depressive), Florestan (the manic), and Master Raro (the mediator).
 
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Jamie638 | 1 other review | Mar 17, 2007 |
Harold C. Schonberg, New York Times Book Review: "Schumann is a remarkable piece of work. The author obviously loves the composer's music and writes about him--and Clara too--with compassion and understanding. . . . Soberly and objectively, it unearths information that no previous Schumann research--in English, at least--has come near duplicating."

Arthur Hepner, Boston Globe: "Peter Ostwald, a San Francisco psychiatrist who is also a trained musician, has dug deeply . . . and applied his professional knowledge to the fashioning of a fascinating, perceptive psychobiography of the nineteenth-century Romantic master."… (more)
 
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