Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

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This colourful biography explores the life and music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957), whose varied compositions ranged from operas (written at a very young age) and orchestral music to lighter works such as operettas and Hollywood film scores. Korngold's lush, romantic scores have influenced many other film composers, while a recent resurgence of interest in his work has lent greater credibility to his more serious classical compositions.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 156 x 220 x 20mm | 639.57g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 100 b&w and duotone illustrations, further reading, discography, index
  • 0714831557
  • 9780714831558
  • 854,718

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) is an extraordinary figure who bridged the worlds of serious music, operetta and film scores, from Mahler to Errol Flynn. Now, as his concert and stage music is also enjoying a great revival of interest, this study offers a reappraisal of Korngold's life and work, revealing a great sense of personal integrity and conviction for musical ideals which are the hallmarks of a true artist.
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Table of contents

Father and son; adolescence among the stars; the dead city; in love with Luzi; opera and operetta; the dream; music is music; a reaffirmation of beauty; classified list of works.
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Review Text

"This is an inspired choice in this still early round of Phaidon's excellent, well-presented and illustrated 20th-Century Composers Series."—Classical Music



"Jessica Duchen's admirable biography will do much to advance the cause of Korngold."—Jewish Chronicle



On the 20th Century Composers Series



"As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiastically musical."—The Scotsman
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Review quote

"This is an inspired choice in this still early round of Phaidon's excellent, well-presented and illustrated 20th-Century Composers Series."-Classical Music "Jessica Duchen's admirable biography will do much to advance the cause of Korngold."-Jewish Chronicle On the 20th Century Composers Series "As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiastically musical."-The Scotsman
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About Jessica Duchen

Jessica Duchen is a freelance music journalist whose work appears frequently in the Guardian and BBC Music Magazine. Founding Editor of Piano magazine, she is the author of Gabriel Faure, also in the 20th-Century Composers series.
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