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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (20th-Century Composers) Paperback – 30 May 1996

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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 01 edition (30 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714831557
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714831558
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is an inspired choice in this still early round of Phaidon's excellent, well-presented and illustrated 20th-Century Composers Series.' (Classical Music)

'Jessica Duchen's admirable biography will do much to advance the cause of Korngold.' (Jewish Chronicle)

'As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiatically musical...' (The Scotsman)

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) is an extraordinary figure who bridged the worlds of serious music, operetta and film scores, from Mahler to Errol Flynn. Now, as his concert and stage music is also enjoying a great revival of interest, this study offers a reappraisal of Korngold's life and work, revealing a great sense of personal integrity and conviction for musical ideals which are the hallmarks of a true artist.

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Erich Wolfgang Korngold is a composer who for far too long was known only to film buffs and a few aficionados here and there. His centenary in 1996 brought with it a tremendous rush of reappraisal, recordings and performances, all of which have helped to re-establish Korngold as a force to be reckoned with ... I enjoyed it so much and, as an existing mild Korngold fan, found that it encouraged me to further explore works that I did not already know. My opinion is that this writer has a tremendous empathy for Korngold, his music and the eras through which he lived - fin-de-siecle Vienna, 1940s Hollywood and the devastated, artistically rigid post-war Europe of the 1950s. Furthermore, she is able to bring him to life with a delightfully light touch, looking at not only his complicated relationship with his father but also his famously sharp wit and his love of good food - especially chocolate! While the book is evidently shorter and less detailed than Brendan Carroll's tour de force 'The Last Prodigy', it provides a superb introduction to this endearing composer and his warm, open-hearted music. What's more, it kept me reading, from cover to cover - on the beach!
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I am using this book as source material for a lecture I am giving on Korngold and, so far, I am very pleased with the information it contains.
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The author is clearly a fan of Korngold but this book does little justice to its subject. The problem is that the book is a simple linear account of the composer's life. Korngold did indeed have a truely remarkable life, a genuine child prodigy, forced out of Austria by the Nazis threat, settling in Hollywood and winning Oscars are but a few highlights. However, even the sense of wonderment that his youthful achievements must have engenedered are not communicated.
A good acid test for any biography of an artist is that it should encourage the reader to further investigate the artist's work further. The author's lack of empathy for the composer's music and the remarkable time through which he lived is such that the book fails to enthuse. A great disapointment.
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By Scribe on 21 Mar. 2015
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A useful reference book the cinema's greatest music writers.
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terrific
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