Riccardo Muti: An Autobiography: First the Music, Then the Words

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“A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune
 
From a small town in the south of Italy to the pinnacle of the classical music world, Riccardo Muti has enthralled audiences across the globe as conductor of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and opera houses. Now, after fifty ...

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Overview

“A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune
 
From a small town in the south of Italy to the pinnacle of the classical music world, Riccardo Muti has enthralled audiences across the globe as conductor of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and opera houses. Now, after fifty years on the podium, he reflects on an extraordinary career, working with the great artists of his generation. Here, for the first time, he shares the personal anecdotes and revelations of a remarkable life in music.

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In this pieced-together though enjoyable memoir, Italian-born Muti, the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, recalls receiving at age seven a violin as a Saint Nick’s Day gift from his father, who was a music lover and urged all his children to study music in one form or another. Although uninterested at first in learning to play, Muti picked up the instrument after a few months and discovered the magic that has fostered his lifelong love of music. By the time he was 13, Muti was directing a group of older musicians from his hometown of Molfetta in a caroling competition that his group won. He required such rigorous rehearsals that his group mounted an unsuccessful mutiny; in that moment he discovered his deep conviction that music—no matter how simple—had to be blessed with the utmost precision and played with absolute moral devotion. Muti characterizes the life of the professional musician as a solitary pursuit, like a mission or a sacrifice; in spite of the many people he meets in his travels, the musician is alone in his quest for the ideal interpretation, alone before the score, alone in bringing it from page to orchestra and from orchestra to audience. Although woodenly translated, Muti composes a libretto out of the many moments in his sonorous life, gracefully conducting us on a musical journey from his childhood through his years of composing and conducting in Florence, London, Philadelphia, and Chicago. (Oct.)
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“A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune

“Rewarding reading… Rizzoli has produced a handsome, elegantly designed book.” ~Opera News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847837243
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 783,051
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.66 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Riccardo Muti first came to the attention of critics and the public in 1967, when he was unanimously awarded first place at the Guido Cantelli Competition for conductors in Milan. Since then he has regularly conducted in the most celebrated opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera, and Rome Opera as well as the most distinguished orchestras including the Berlin, Vienna, and New York philharmonics. In addition, Maestro Muti has held titled positions with Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and La Scala. In 2010, Maestro Muti became the tenth Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra winning two Grammy® awards with the orchestra in his inaugural season.
 
Riccardo Muti has conducted friendship concerts in locations that symbolize the world’s troubled past and contemporary history: Sarajevo, Beirut, Jerusalem, Moscow, Yerevan, Istanbul, New York, Cairo, Damascus, L’Aquila, Trieste, El Djem, and, most recently, Nairobi. Muti has been honored with a Cavaliere di Gran Croce of the Italian Republic, an Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, and Officer of the Legion of Honor by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He has been awarded the Wolf Prize for the Arts from the State of Israel, the Order of Friendship from Russia, the Prince of Asturias Prize for the Arts from Spain and the Birgit Nilsson Prize from Sweden. In Vienna alone he has been elected an honorary member of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, the Wiener Hofmusikkapelle, the Vienna State Opera, and the Vienna Philharmonic.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    Bravo Maestro! The book is written is a lovely style, you can i

    Bravo Maestro! The book is written is a lovely style, you can imagine Maestro Muti's softly accented voice telling his
    stories. It is rich with affection for his family, his past and his love of music and the work that he does. A very enjoyable read.

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