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Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook
 
 

Conductors and Composers of Popular Orchestral Music: A Biographical and Discographical Sourcebook [Kindle Edition]

Naomi Musiker , Reuben Musiker

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.,."this title will be a useful addition to larger music collections due to its unique focus."-Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

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World-wide in scope and focusing on the second half of the 20th century, this work provides biographies and discographies of some 500 composers and conductors of light and popular orchestral music, including film, show, theatre and mood music. The book is arranged in two sequences: 1) Biographies and select discographies, both arranged alphabetically, of the well-known and better-known conductors and composers. These entries also include a list of suggested reading for those wishing to further their studies; and 2) Select discographies of conductors about whom little or no biographical information is available. The bibliography at the end of the book covers discographical sources, popular music and film music. This is the first time that the lives and recordings of such artists as Kostelanetz, Faith, and Gould as well as the orchestral recordings of such great popular composers as Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Rodgers, Berlin and Coward have been documented and presented in an encyclopedic form.

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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (25 Feb 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IN3LKX2
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5.0 out of 5 stars CORRECTION: Andre Kostelanetz' stereo recordings were superb 12 Jun 2000
By Roy B. Quady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Professor Musiker is badly and sadly mistaken when he disparages Andre Kostelanetz' outstanding stereo recordings of popular music during the 1960s and '70s. (See final paragraph of entry on Maestro Kostelanetz) These superb sides sparkle even more brilliantly today when heard via the magic of CD and Dolby digital Pro-Logic, dts, Surround-Sound.) Furthermore, to state that Kosty's stereo recordings are "unrecognizable" is total nonsense. Anyone familiar with the Beautiful Music boom of the '60s and '70s can verify that the Kostelanetz sound was identifiable, recognizable and unmistakable. The popular music recordings of Andre Kostelanetz, Percy Faith, Mantovani and Henry Mancini (in that order) formed the earthquake-proof foundation upon which was built the Beautiful Music stereo FM radio format that was the most popular radio format in the U.S. during the 1970s. Also, Prof. Musiker is incorrect when he states that Andre (the GIANT of Beautiful Music) Kostelanetz succumbed to a "commercialized syndrome" when he recorded these magnificent albums of popular music. If the Professor is suggesting that Kosty really didn't like the music that bore his name, he has not done his homework. He should contact legendary producer Teo Macero in New York, as I have done, and learn the facts, which I will relate in great detail on my future website now under construction. (Teo Macero produced most of The Maestro's extraordinary Columbia recordings after the dawn of stereophonic sound in 1958) Yes, the final paragraph of this book's entry on Andre Kostelanetz does a tremendous disservice to The Maestro's mighty contributions to quality pop music during the last two decades of Kosty's spectacular life. I call for nothing less than a full retraction and correction of the said final paragraph in the Musikers' otherwise excellent and extremely useful sourcebook. Finally, though Prof. Musiker does not explicitly state this, there are allegations in other circles that Maestro Kostelanetz had little or nothing to do with the arrangements of these recordings. That he merely "waved his arms." Your humble reviewer intends to address this issue in depth when my website is "up and running." This should be by the end of the year -- just in time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of a great American conductor and patriot, The Magnificent Maestro Andre Kostelanetz. In the meantime, I encourage all readers of this review to enjoy Kosty's Wonderland Of Sound recordings.
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