Ernst von Dohn?nyi: A Song of Life

Ernst von Dohn?nyi: A Song of Life

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Ernst von Dohn?nyi: A Song of Life by Ilona Von Dohnanyi

"... a rare kind of biography and autobiography: a clear and elegant
exposition of fact, as well as a humane portrait of a great piano virtuoso,
composer, teacher, and democratic soul, as told to and seen through the eyes of one
close to him." -- Mark Mitchell

Ernst von Dohnányi
(1877--1960) was one of the most highly respected musicians of his time. The young
Dohnányi enjoyed an international prestige that brought him into contact with such
19th-century masters as Johannes Brahms and Eugène d'Albert. He is remembered for
his technique and interpretive skills as a pianist and conductor, as well as for the
masterpieces he composed for piano, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. As a teacher
and administrator, Dohnányi was responsible for the training of an entire
generation of musicians in Hungary, and for helping to shape the country's musical
culture. After World War II, his career foundered when he was falsely accused of
being a Nazi sympathizer. In 1953, at the age of 76, Dohnányi returned to
international prominence with a triumphant "re-debut" at Carnegie Hall.
Ernst von Dohnányi: A Song of Life, written from a firsthand perspective by
Dohnányi's widow, is the first full English-language biography of the

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253109286
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 07/12/2002
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ilona von Dohnányi (1909-1988) was a journalist and historical novelist
who also wrote biographies of composers Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti,
Gioacchino Rossini, and Robert and Clara Schumann. Her other books include From
Death to Life and Message to Posterity from Ernst von

James A. Grymes established the Ernst von Dohnányi
Collection at Florida State University. The author of Ernst von Dohnányi: A
Bio-Bibliography, his research has appeared in such journals as Music Library
Association Notes and Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum

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