Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture
Hardcover: 163 pages, usually ships within 2-3 days.
This first English translation of a late Baroque German novel
makes available a novel realistically portraying the checkered
career of a musical charlatan, Caraffa, who believes that in
order to be successful in the musical world in Germany, one
must pretend to be an Italian. His tricks and ruses, which his
German colleagues see through with little difficulty, provide
some of the most memorable comic scenes in German
literature. At the same time, The Musical Charlatan (written by
an accomplished musician, composer and educator) provides
an immensely informative and interesting picture of everyday
life of the musician toward the end of the 17th century. John R.
Russell is an able translator of the original German text, and
this Camden House edition is further enhanced with an
informative introduction by James Hardin. The Musical
Charlatan is a highly recommended literary and historical work
of great appeal for modern readers.