For the Love of Music: A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening (Hardcover)

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For the Love of Music: A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening (Hardcover)
By John Mauceri

With a lifetime of experience, profound knowledge and understanding, and heartwarming appreciation, an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher answers the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can I get the most from the listening experience?

A protégé of Leonard Bernstein – his colleague for 18 years – and an eminent conductor who has toured and recorded all over the world, John Mauceri helps us to reap the joys and pleasures classical music has to offer. He briefly illustrates the history of how classical music came to be and how it spanned the globe from Japan to Bolivia; but then Mauceri examines the music itself, helping us understand what it is we hear when we listen to classical music: how, by a kind of sonic metaphor, it expresses the deepest recesses of human feeling and emotion; how each piece bears the traces of its history; how the concert experience – a unique one each and every time – allows us to discover music anew.

Unpretentious, graceful, instructive, this is a book for the aficionado, the novice, and anyone looking to have the love of music fired within them.

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st Edition edition (September 17, 2019)
  • Dimensions: 6” W x 0.9” D x 8.5” H


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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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