The Symphony

The Symphony : A Listener's Guide

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From the agile beauty of Mozart's 'Jupiter' and the fierce power of Beethoven's Fifth to the celebration of heroism in Shostakovich's 'Leningrad,' the symphony has long held a prime place in the Western musical pantheon. Now, in The Symphony, renowned teacher and critic Michael Steinberg offers music lovers a monumental guide to this most celebrated of musical forms, with perceptive commentaries on some 118 works by 36 major composers. Tracing the ways in which composers have dealt with the extraordinary musical challenges that have engaged them throughout the centuries, Steinberg takes us through the revolutions of expression, sound, and form that have shaped the symphony's remarkable more

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  • Hardback | 696 pages
  • 163.1 x 241.8 x 53.3mm | 1,234.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • music examples
  • 0195061772
  • 9780195061772

About Michael P. Steinberg

Michael Steinberg is the program annotator of the San Francisco Symphony and the New York Philharmonic and earlier served the Boston Symphony in the same capacity. He has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the New England Conservatory, has lectured and taught widely in America and Europe, and was the music critic for The Boston Globe for twelve more

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a treat for those addicted to reading the program notes before the concert begins Booklist an essential book for any concertgoer and any new or veteran fan of classical music Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director, The San Francisco Symphonyshow more

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