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Priest of Music: The Life of Dimitri Mitropoulos
     

Priest of Music: The Life of Dimitri Mitropoulos

by William R. Trotter
 
Impeccably researched and written with a novelist's narrative mastery, this biography of the great conductor is a modern tragedy.

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Impeccably researched and written with a novelist's narrative mastery, this biography of the great conductor is a modern tragedy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Greek-born Mitropoulos (1896-1960) was one of the great American conductors of the midcentury, and it is astonishing how little his memory is regarded in his adopted land. Perhaps this obscurity is attributable partly to his self-effacing personality. His extraordinary musical gifts included an almost supernatural memory, a degree of involvement that transfigured players and audiences alike and a sense of duty to contemporary composers that made his concerts challenging and, to orchestra boards and old-time symphony subscribers, frequently daunting. His happiest years were spent in Minneapolis, but lack of careerist guile made him easy pickings in New York City: the critics were bewildered by him, the New York Philharmonic players were disrespectful of him and even his record company treated him badly. It did not help that he was homosexual and chose not to enter a cosmetic marriage. Music critic and novelist Trotter, who had access to the late Oliver Daniel's considerable research on Mitropoulos, has presented a compassionate, judicious and moving portrait of the conductor. Photos not seen by PW. (Sept.)
Booknews
Mitropoulos was considered one of the most brilliant conductors of the century when he died, in 1960, yet within a decade his achievements were largely forgotten. This biography, based on research by the late musicologist Oliver Daniel, looks at the life of the ascetic Greek-born artist, who led the New York Philharmonic for nearly 10 years and has been equated with titans such as Toscanini. It's also a tale of backstage wars among musicians, patrons, promoters, and critics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780931340819
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Pages:
532
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.27(h) x 1.57(d)
Lexile:
1400L (what's this?)

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