Talks With Great Composers

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What Inspires Creativity?

Between the years 1890 and 1917 Arthur M. Abell engaged in lengthy, candid conversations with the greatest composers of his day-- Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdinck, Max Bruch, and Edvard Grieg-- about the intellectual, psychic, and spiritual tensions of their great creative endeavors. The result of their probing and insightful discussions is quite simply a masterpiece-- a document...

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Overview

What Inspires Creativity?

Between the years 1890 and 1917 Arthur M. Abell engaged in lengthy, candid conversations with the greatest composers of his day-- Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdinck, Max Bruch, and Edvard Grieg-- about the intellectual, psychic, and spiritual tensions of their great creative endeavors. The result of their probing and insightful discussions is quite simply a masterpiece-- a document that reveals the agony, triumphs, and the religiosity inherent in the creative mind.

The six composers readily agreed to explore with their friend their innermost thoughts regarding the psychology of the creative process. Brahms insisted, however, that his disclosures not be published until fifty years after his death, because, he said, "I will not find my true place in musical history until at least half a century after I am gone."

A tribute to creative inspiration, "Talks with Great Composers" sparkles with wit, candor, humor, and the genius of the most cherished composers of all time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806515656
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/19/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Carol Pub. Group ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 570,384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2013

         This is a most profound publication, indeed.  If one has ev

         This is a most profound publication, indeed.  If one has ever pondered the question as to how the great composers come to create works of such brilliance, this is the first work to document the process first-hand.  As such, it is a most satisfying opus, and any serious musician, or for that matter, any person who has queried from whence the creative process is born, will revel in these conversations.  
         While perhaps a "sleeper" among publications, this book must stand as one of the most direct and powerful exemplars of the human creative process.  Parts of it left this reader speechless, just as the music it centers upon so often will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    Uncle Arthur 'lives'

    I read my uncle's book shortly after it was first published and found it very informative. The book provides a perspective not otherwise available, and is not lacking in humor. He could be 'wordy' at times as an author (and in person), but that is something we must allow him, given the knowledge he shared. Uncle Arthur was very intelligent and practical, but also a spiritual man who believed in a life-hereafter, and entertained some belief in earthly 'spirits' of the deceased. We must remember he was born shortly after the War between the States. Starting life on a simple homestead in Connecticut, Uncle Arthur pursued his dreams successfully, becoming a fine violinist and pianist, as well as one of the most notable music critics of the time. 'Uncle Arthur' was actually my great uncle, as he was the eldest brother of my grandfather on my mother's side. He would be very pleased to know his book is so appreciated, and I thank all of you for 'keeping him alive' with your continued interest.

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