Ernst’s context: two important new books

Two books have recently appeared from the same enterprising publisher which will be of interest to all Ernstians. The first is Hugh Macdonald’s Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2012) where Ernst, almost for the first time, takes his proper place amongst his contemporaries.

The second is Mai Kawabata’s Paganini: The ‘Demonic’ Virtuoso (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2013) a penetrating study of the mythology surrounding the man and the cultural forces which shaped it.


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