The Joy of Musicby Leonard Bernstein (Composer), Tim Page (Foreword by)
(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."
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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.
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.
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.