The Infinite Variety of Music

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(Amadeus). With style, wit, and expertise, Leonard Bernstein shares his love and appreciation for music in all its varied forms in The Infinite Variety of Music , illuminating the deep pleasure and sometimes subtle beauty it offers. He begins with an "imaginary conversation" with George Washington entitled "The Muzak Muse," in which he argues the values of actively listening to music by learning how to read notes, as opposed to simply hearing music in a concert hall. The book also features the reproduction of five television scripts from ...

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(Amadeus). With style, wit, and expertise, Leonard Bernstein shares his love and appreciation for music in all its varied forms in The Infinite Variety of Music , illuminating the deep pleasure and sometimes subtle beauty it offers. He begins with an "imaginary conversation" with George Washington entitled "The Muzak Muse," in which he argues the values of actively listening to music by learning how to read notes, as opposed to simply hearing music in a concert hall. The book also features the reproduction of five television scripts from Bernstein on the influence of jazz, the timeless appeal of Mozart, musical romanticism, and the complexities of rhythmic innovation. Also included are Bernstein's analyses of symphonies by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Brahms, a rare reproduction of a 1957 lecture on the nature of composing, and a report on the musical scene written for the New York Times after his sabbatical leave from directorship of the New York Philharmonic during the 1964-65 season.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574671643
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/15/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 788,878
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introductory Note 9
I An Imaginary Conversation 15
The Muzak Muse 17
II Five Television Scripts 27
The Infinite Variety of Music 29
Jazz in Serious Music 49
The Ageless Mozart 65
Rhythm 83
Romanticism in Music 111
III A Sabbatical Report 137
IV Four Symphonic Analyses 147
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Opus 95 149
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B Minor, Opus 74 171
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major, Opus 55 195
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Opus 98 229
V An Informal Lecture 263
"Something to Say ..." 265
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