The Loves of Great Composers

Gustav Kobbé (1857 - 1918)

Gustav Kobbe was a German/US music critic who worked at the time of Liszt and Wagner in particular, and was clearly in the Wagnerian rather than the Brahms camp. His unusual style of writing and his strongly romantic take on the loves of these seven composers makes for entertaining listening, even though his facts and opinions may differ from more academic writers and biographers of these composers. Each composer occupies a section or chapter, with Wagner getting the fuller account in terms of length. In fact Gustav Kobbe claims he knew Liszt and Wagner as well as Cosima Wagner - so this must be quite original and authoritative. The 19C period and its atmosphere is conveyed by Kobbe's unusual sentence construction and reads more like story telling rather than a written work. ( Peter Thomlinson)

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Mozart and his Constance Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Play 02 Beethoven and his "Immortal Beloved" Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Play 03 Mendelssohn and his Cecile Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Play 04 Chopin and the Countess Delphine Potocka Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Play 05 The Schumanns:Robert and Clara Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Play 06 Franz Liszt and his Carolyne Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)
Play 07 Wagner and Cosima Peter Thomlinson (1940-2022)