For The Love of Music: Invitations to Listening

For The Love of Music: Invitations to Listening

by Michael Steinberg, Larry Rothe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195370201

ISBN-13: 9780195370201

Pub. Date: 12/24/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195370201
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
12/24/2008
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

I Beginnings

How I Fell in Love with Music (MS) 3

Preliminary: The Professor's Legacy (LR) 11

II Creators

Another Word for Mozart (MS) 19

Thinking of Robert Schumann (MS) 25

The Sacred, the Profane, and the Gritty Affirmations of Music (LR) 33

Franz Schubert, "A Rich Possession" (MS) 39

Encountering Brahms (LR) 47

Schoenberg, Brahms, and The Great Tradition (MS) 57

First-Rate Second-Class Composer (LR) 63

Sibelius and Mahler: What More Could There Be? (LR) 69

Remembering Rachmaninoff (MS) 77

Erich Wolfgang Korngold: A Meditation (LR) 83

Tchaikovsky's Mozart (and Others') (MS) 93

On the Trail of W. A. Mozart (LR) 99

What They Saw (LR) 107

A Short Life of J. S. Bach (LR) 117

Stravinsky's Ear-stretching, Joy-giving Legacy (MS) 127

III The Recent Scene

A Visit with Lou Harrison (MS) 137

George Perle: Composing a Way of Life (LR) 143

A Quinter for American Music (MS) 151

Three American Composers in Pursuit of the White Whale (LR) 159

A Century Set to Music (MS) 169

IV Missionaries

Making America Musical: A Salute to Theodore Thomas (MS) 179

Sigmund Spaeth, Someone You Should Know (LR) 187

Isaac Stern-On Music and Life (MS) 199

B. H. Haggin the Contrarian (MS) 205

V Affairs to Remember

Loving Memories of Movie Music (LR) 217

Vienna Trilogy: Vignettes from the City of Music (LR) 223

Music, True or False (LR) 231

Why We Are Here (MS) 237

VI Postlude

The Sounds We Make (MS) 245

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