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Enriched by biographical details, historical background, musical examples, and many finely nuanced observations, this volume is a treasury of insight and information, discussing some 118 works by 36 major composers, including generous coverage of American composers. 50 musical examples.
"Michael Steinberg represents the gold standard of music criticism. His is a mind of immense subtelty and learning that expresses itself with generosity, humor, accessibility, and a noticeable absence of pomposity. This is a book of 1001 pleasures."--John Adams, Composer
"Michael Steinberg is one of the very few writers who can really bring a listener close to the music. He not only knows what he is talking about--and eminently so--but finds the most elegant, striking, and often surprising ways of saying it. He is a true artist who uses words, instead of bows or fingers, to articulate what he has found in the music. He is the composer's and interpreter's unfailing ally, and the listener's devoted friend. His love of music is contagious."--Herbert Blomstedt
Posted February 23, 2011
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