Music, Magic, Muses, and Madness by E. T. A. Hoffmann audiobook

Music, Magic, Muses, and Madness: The Tales of E. T. A. Hoffmann

By E. T. A. Hoffmann
Directed by Alison Belle Bews
Read by Stefan Rudnicki , with Gabrielle de Cuir

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“Don’t you too believe, kindly reader, that the sparks which fall into our hearts from the higher regions of Love are first made visible to us in the hours of hopeless pain? And so it is with the doubts that storm the artist’s mind. He sees the Ideal and feels how impotent are his efforts to reach it; it will flee before him, he thinks, always unattainable. But then again he is once more animated by a divine courage; he strives and struggles, and his despair is dissolved into a sweet yearning, which both strengthens him and spurs him on to strain after his beloved idol, so that he begins to see it continually nearer and nearer, but never reaches it.”—E. T. A. Hoffmann, “Arthur’s Hall” In this original compilation from Skyboat Media, composers and artists, miners and soldiers, tinkerers and amateur psychologists must fend for themselves in the struggle for their own “ideal” wherein they may find either happiness and salvation, or tragedy and madness. In “The Cremona Violin,” an eccentric violinmaker, who does not allow anyone to play his masterpieces, is hiding a mysterious young woman with the loveliest singing voice. He does not permit her to sing nor allow anyone to see her, but it is only years later that the truth of his strange behavior comes out. Then in “The Mines of Falun,” a young sailor returns home to find himself alone in the world and is tempted by a ghostly, old miner’s tales of the riches hidden just below their feet. An amateur psychologist hopes to cure a hermitic priest who believes he is thousands of years old in “The Story of Serapion.” In Hoffmann’s most famous story, “Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” we revisit the childhood classic that inspired the famous ballet, but there is a more sinister truth behind the origins of this beloved toy soldier. Then in the old town of Dantzic, a young merchant falls in love, and is inspired by a new muse to abandon his profession and pursue his love of painting in “Arthur’s Hall.” Finally, in “The Sand-Man,” Nathanael, who has been haunted by childhood nightmares of the Sand-man and the memory of his father’s horrific death, must now face the fact that these terrors may not only be confined to his youth.

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“Don’t you too believe, kindly reader, that the sparks which fall into our hearts from the higher regions of Love are first made visible to us in the hours of hopeless pain? And so it is with the doubts that storm the artist’s mind. He sees the Ideal and feels how impotent are his efforts to reach it; it will flee before him, he thinks, always unattainable. But then again he is once more animated by a divine courage; he strives and struggles, and his despair is dissolved into a sweet yearning, which both strengthens him and spurs him on to strain after his beloved idol, so that he begins to see it continually nearer and nearer, but never reaches it.”—E. T. A. Hoffmann, “Arthur’s Hall”

In this original compilation from Skyboat Media, composers and artists, miners and soldiers, tinkerers and amateur psychologists must fend for themselves in the struggle for their own “ideal” wherein they may find either happiness and salvation, or tragedy and madness.

In “The Cremona Violin,” an eccentric violinmaker, who does not allow anyone to play his masterpieces, is hiding a mysterious young woman with the loveliest singing voice. He does not permit her to sing nor allow anyone to see her, but it is only years later that the truth of his strange behavior comes out. Then in “The Mines of Falun,” a young sailor returns home to find himself alone in the world and is tempted by a ghostly, old miner’s tales of the riches hidden just below their feet. An amateur psychologist hopes to cure a hermitic priest who believes he is thousands of years old in “The Story of Serapion.”

In Hoffmann’s most famous story, “Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” we revisit the childhood classic that inspired the famous ballet, but there is a more sinister truth behind the origins of this beloved toy soldier. Then in the old town of Dantzic, a young merchant falls in love, and is inspired by a new muse to abandon his profession and pursue his love of painting in “Arthur’s Hall.” Finally, in “The Sand-Man,” Nathanael, who has been haunted by childhood nightmares of the Sand-man and the memory of his father’s horrific death, must now face the fact that these terrors may not only be confined to his youth.

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Author Bio: E. T. A. Hoffmann

Author Bio: E. T. A. Hoffmann

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (1776–1822), best known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffman, was one of the major writers in the Romantic movement in literature. Born on January 24, 1776, in Königsberg, Prussia, he was the youngest of three children. He also was known as a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman, and caricaturist. His most famous story is “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” first published in 1816. The story inspired Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1892 ballet The Nutcracker. Hoffmann died in Berlin, Germany on June 25, 1822, at the age of 46.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 8.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English