Beating Time: A Musician's Memoir

Beating Time: A Musician's Memoir

by Harry Ellis Dickson

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Library Journal
Although the author of this delightful memoir is now an octogenarian, his stories and writing style are as fresh as if he'd just begun his extraordinary career. As it is, he has a storehouse of tales about his 49 years as a violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) and as assistant conductor for the Boston Pops. Dickson (Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops, LJ 4/15/81) chronicles a fair amount of BSO history-the union movement, the introduction of young people's concerts, the road tours-without making this memoir sound like a dry textbook. Interspersed are many cameo appearances by world-famous figures, including conductors Serge Koussevitsky, Seiji Ozawa, and Arthur Fiedler and even Danny Kaye. His anecdotes are told with wit, charm, and impeccable timing. Dickson also tells of the trials of his Russian immigrant parents as well as the ups and downs of son-in-law Michael Dukakis's presidential campaign and its heartrending effects on his daughter, Kitty. Recommended for popular music collections and larger academic libraries.-Carol J. Binkowski, Bloomfield, N.J.

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Northeastern University Press
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5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.94(d)

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