The Complete Songs
View Inside Price: $300.00
December 16, 2014
3000 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
600 b/w illus.
HC - Set with Slipcase
This three-volume boxed set is the definitive work on Franz Schubert’s vocal music with piano. A richly illustrated encyclopedia, these substantial volumes contain more than seven hundred song commentaries with parallel text and translations (by Richard Wigmore), detailed annotations on the songs’ poetic sources, and biographies of one hundred and twenty poets, as well as general articles on accompaniment, tonality, transcriptions, singers, and more. Written by Graham Johnson—celebrated accompanist, author, and the first pianist ever to record all of Schubert’s songs and part-songs—this sumptuous work is a must for performers, scholars, and all lovers of Schubert lieder.
Graham Johnson is Senior Professor of Accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and plays for recitals around the world.
"The indefatigable Graham Johnson [is] the one-man powerhouse behind a remarkable flowering of accompanied performance and recording over the past four decades."—Michael Church, Independent
“Indispensible . . . very, very hard to put down.”—Matthew Gurewitsch, The Wall Street Journal
“The three-volume set is, by a wide margin, the definitive work on Schubert’s vocal music with piano. It is also easy to navigate, entertaining, and readable, at one stroke the indispensable reference for singers, pianists, musicologists, lovers of music in general, and fans of Schubert in particular.”—Rodney Punt, Classical Voice North America
“Known for his lengthy and scholarly booklet notes for the Schubert edition, [Graham Johnson] has now taken the material, expanded and rewritten it, and produced what will surely stand as one of the great modern monuments of practical musicology, his vast three-volume encyclopedia, handsomely published by Yale University Press.”—Ian Bostridge, The New York Review of Books
‘Johnson merits our profound gratitude for an exemplary encyclopedic achievement rooted in artistry and deep familiarity…’—Leon Botstein, TLS.
“Piano lovers will be grateful that Lieder scholar and accompanist extraordinaire Graham Johnson, the man responsible for the marathon undertaking of recording Schubert’s complete Lieder for Hyperion Records, has further expanded his lengthy booklet notes for that series into three friendly, chatty tomes.”—Benjamin Ivry, International Piano
“This is the book on the subject—the best written, longest and most informative. The product of a lifetime’s work, it will be a lifelong companion… provides not only a commentary on each of the 650-odd songs, but also wide-ranging essays on a variety of subjects placed in their cultural and historical context, together with excellent illustrations. It really is the definitive treatment of the German-speaking world at its musical and literary apogee.”—Jonathan Gaisman, Spectator
“An encyclopedic overview that should become the definitive reference work . . . His enthusiasm comes through in vivid, lucid writing.”—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times
Shortlisted in the 'Creative Communication' category for the 2014 RPS Music Awards
Winner of the 2016 Oldman Prize of the International Association of Music Libraries.