The Joy of Music

( 3 )

Overview

(Amadeus). This classic work is perhaps Bernstein's finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. This book is a must for all music fans who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time. Employing the creative device of "Imaginary Conversations" in the first section of his book, Bernstein illuminates the importance of the symphony in America, the greatness of Beethoven, and the art of composing. The book also includes a photo section and a
... See more details below
Paperback
$18.29
BN.com price
(Save 26%)$24.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (11) from $12.60   
  • New (9) from $12.60   
  • Used (2) from $18.28   
Sending request ...

Overview

(Amadeus). This classic work is perhaps Bernstein's finest collection of conversations on the meaning and wonder of music. This book is a must for all music fans who wish to experience music more fully and deeply through one of the most inspired, and inspiring, music intellects of our time. Employing the creative device of "Imaginary Conversations" in the first section of his book, Bernstein illuminates the importance of the symphony in America, the greatness of Beethoven, and the art of composing. The book also includes a photo section and a third section with the transcripts from his televised Omnibus music series, including "Beethoven's Fifth Symphony," "The World of Jazz," "Introduction to Modern Music," and "What Makes Opera Grand."

Composer, conductor, and interpreter, Leonard Bernstein presents this adventure in musical understanding.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574671049
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 616,051
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted September 9, 2012

    When you pick up Leonard Bernstein's book, The Joy of Music and

    When you pick up Leonard Bernstein's book, The Joy of Music and flip through the pages, it can be very deceiving. To someone who is merely browsing they might just toss it aside as a dull, text book-like list of music pieces and composers. But to someone who has a deep passion for compositions and looking into logistics of music philosophy and creations, this book should be at the top of their list. Not only does Bernstein present many new and thought-provoking views on very well-known and popular pieces, but he is able to make the reader include their own opinions and insights as they are reading. It was also presented in a unique and interesting way that was very unexpected to me as a reader. The book is almost scrapbook like, crammed full of pictures, diagrams, and excerpts from many famous musical pieces. One of the things that draws from the structure of information in the book is the imaginary arguments Bernstein puts himself in with fictitious characters. The ideas and opinions you receive from them are quality, but the arguments seem to drag and the characters seem kind of corny and cartoony. But it was still a unique way to show readers multiple sides of looking at music. Overall, I would say this book isn't for everyone, and people who are looking for a riveting read will probably be sorely disappointed, but for those who live and breath music or a looking for some new perspectives on some classical pieces, then this would be exactly the book they should go to.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 20, 2011

    Further your understanding of music!

    They Joy of Music by Leonard Bernstein will take you to a whole new world of understanding both the emotional and theoretical components of music. Through imaginary conversation and focus on specific topics (Jazz, American Theater, Opera, Conduction, Bach, and so on), Bernstein explains both beginning and intricate ideas about music. The imaginary conversations are made-up yet, productive "arguments" between two people (usually Bernstein and a lyrical poet) discussing different elements of music that make it enjoyable. My favorite section of the book is the imaginary conversation about finding meaning and music, and what that really means. Both educational and entertaining, The Joy of Music will feed any music lovers heart. My appreciation for classical composers was expanded through this book. This book is very interesting because of Bernstein's passion for music. You feel his passion and knowledge seeping through the words and entering every crevice of your soul. He really knew his stuff. When you open the cover, he pops off the page. Bernstein brings an interesting perspective on music. If you are a music lover, this book will bring unique concepts and opinions to your attention. On my scale this book deserves a five out of five for its insights and passion. Over all, The Joy of Music is a wonderful read. It is literally. about a great joy of music.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 14, 2010

    A whole new look on music.

    The Joy of Music is an insightful look into the world of music theory. The book explains basic to advanced music theory. The Joy of Music is not for someone who does not have basic music skills. The middle can be a bit redundant and boring but, this has a point if you pay attention the book will teach you new techniques and skills. Leonard Bernstein has the gift of explaining things in a interesting and understandable way. If the book is taken seriously and thoroughly read it will enlighten you to a whole new world of music.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)