For The Love of Music

For The Love of Music : Invitations to Listening

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The power of music, the way it works on the mind and heart, remains an enticing mystery. Now two noted writers on classical music, Michael Steinberg and Larry Rothe, explore the allure of this melodious art-not in the clinical terms of social scientists-but through stories drawn from their own experience. In For the Love of Music, Steinberg and Rothe draw on a lifetime of listening to, living with, and writing about music, sharing the delights and revelatory encounters they have had with Mozart, Brahms, Stravinsky, and a host of other great (and almost-great) composers. At once highly personal and immediately accessible, their writings shed light on those who make music and those who listen to it-drawing readers into the beautiful and dangerous terrain that has meant so much to the authors. In recounting how they themselves came to love music, Steinberg and Rothe offer keys for listening. You will meet the man who created the sound of Hollywood's Golden Age and you will learn how composers have addressed issues as contemporary as AIDS and the terrorist attacks of September 11.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 144.78 x 223.52 x 17.78mm | 294.83g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195370201
  • 9780195370201
  • 663,583

Table of contents

Introduction ; I. BEGINNINGS ; How I Fell in Love with Music ; Preliminary: The Professor's Legacy ; II. CREATIONS ; Another Word for Mozart ; Thinking of Robert Schumann ; The Sacred, the Profane, and the Gritty Affirmations of Music ; Franz Schubert, "A Rich Possession" ; Encountering Brahms ; Schoenberg, Brahms, and The Great Tradition ; First-Rate Second-Class Composer ; Sibelius and Mahler: What More Could There BE? ; Remembering Rachmaninoff ; Erich Wolfgang Korngold: A Meditation ; Tchaikovsky's Mozart (and Others') ; On the Trail of W.A. Mozart ; What They Saw ; A Short Life of J.S. Bach ; Stravinsky's Ear-stretching, Joy-giving Legacy ; III. THE RECENT SCENE ; A Visit with Lou Harrison ; George Perle: Composing a Way of Life ; A Quintet for American Music ; Three American Composers in Pursuit of the White Whale ; A Century Set to Music ; IV. MISSIONARIES ; Making America Musical: A Salute to Theodore Thomas ; Sigmund Spaeth, Someone You Should Know ; Isaac Stern - On Music and Life ; V. AFFAIRS TO REMEMBER ; Loving Memories of Movie Music ; Vienna Trilogy: Vignettes from the City of Music ; Music, True or False ; Why We Are Here ; VI. POSTLUDE ; The Sounds We Make
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an elegant eloquent and infectious look at Western orchestral music... this excellent work will inform, entice and revive you. * Martyn Swain, The Works *
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About Larry Rothe

Michael Steinberg was music critic of The Boston Globe, has contributed to numerous periodicals, and served as program annotator for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Larry Rothe has been publications editor of the San Francisco Symphony since 1984. His articles have appeared in Symphony magazine, Playbill, and Stagebill, and he is co-editor of American Mavericks: Visionaries, Pioneers, Iconoclasts. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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