Author Huneker James

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James Gibbons Huneker (31 January 1857 – 9 February 1921) was an American music writer and critic, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied piano in Europe under Leopold Doutreleau and audited the Paris piano class of Chopin pupil George Mathias. He came to New York City in 1885 and remained there until his death. In the U.S.A. he studied with Liszt's student, Rafael Joseffy, who became his friend and mentor. Huneker wrote the analysis and commentary on the complete works of Chopin for Schirmer's music publishing company. His analysis of all the piano solo works of Brahms, written shortly after that composer's complete works were published after his death, is highly regarded. He was the music editor of the Musical Courier and for two years was music editor of the New York Sun, and a frequent contributor to the leading magazines and reviews. His books include: Huneker is mostly remembered now for his music criticism. He was a music critic who familiarized Americans with then moder


n European artistic movements and wrote in a highly subjective style, full of metaphorical descriptions. Huneker was equally proficient in his knowledge of art and literature, and was one of the first to write of Gauguin, Ibsen, Wagner, Nietzsche, France, Van Gogh, and George Moore. Huneker contributed to M'lle New York, a magazine of American Decadence founded jointly with Vance Thompson. While this was a remarkable magazine in many ways, its written content and its illustrations occasionally express the casual anti-Semitism of the period, but these could not have been written by Huneker (most likely they flowed from Thomson's pen), for Huneker was well known for expousing the opposite view, that the Jews were perhaps the most talented race in the world. The most authoritaive reference on Huneker is the 1963 biography by Arnold T. Schwab, "James Gibbons Huneker Critic of the Seven Arts" published by Stanford University. Following Huneker's comment in reference to Chopin's Études that "Small souled men, no matter how agile their fingers, should avoid [them],"[1] Douglas Hofstadter, in his book I Am a Strange Loop, named the unit by which "soul size" is measured the huneker (lower case).[2]


Books by Huneker James:

Cover Unicorns
9.33 / 10
Cover Melomaniacs
8 / 10
Cover Old Fogy
8 / 10
Cover Bedouins
8 / 10
Cover Franz Liszt
8 / 10
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