Joy of Music Hardcover – 1 Sep 1974
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Composer Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) explores the meaning and wonder of music. In a series of "Imaginary Conversations," he addresses such topics as the greatness of Beethoven and the importance of the symphony in America. The book also contains seven transcripts from Bernstein's Omnibus television show as well as assorted b&w photographs from hi --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Filled with musical score illustrations of the text he begins with an introduction trying to explore what makes intelligent musical talk and dialogue before exploring in Part One: Imaginary Conversations, that very subject around Beethoven, American Symphonies and Gershwin. In Part Two: Seven Omnibus Television Transcripts, there are exactly what it said on the tin, seven transcripts of his programmes produced and directed by Humphrey Burton, Lennie at his best before an audience discussing music: Beethoven, Jazz, Conducting, Musical Comedy, MOdern Music, JS Bach and What Makes Opera Grand.
For those interested in music (of all sorts) and Bernstein this is an ideal book; at three hundred pages, it explores some difficult issues in music and shows how to talk about them. Articulate, enthusiastic, interesting, informative and detailed, the final transcripts are fascinating. If there were a DVD of the programmes tucked in a sleeve at the back, it would be perfect.
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composer/conductor thinks about music. The discussion
presented is witty, intelligent and very insightful.
My only problem with the book is that it should be
accompanied by a CD or video tape. All of the
examples are presented as written music. If you
can't read and play/sing the music in the book
you will have only a vague idea of the point the
author is trying to make.
The man was pure genious and millions of Americans became interested in classical music through this man. This teenaged girl did.
I think, for the money, if you bought this book, and the Young People's Concerts DVD's, you might have the greatest intro to music course ever.