A life in music

by Barenboim, Daniel, 1942-

Format: Print Book 2003
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks ML417.B2 A3 2003
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Music - Open Stacks
Call Number  ML417.B2 A3 2003
"A Life in Music" reviews five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim, a child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonies and operas. 24 illustrations.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Barenboim's little book about music is light, seldom controversial, seldom profound or surprising, but certainly not without interest. Details about his life growing up in Argentina and Israel and his marriage to Jaqueline du Pre are kept to a minimum in an attempt to keep the focus on his musical career, his colleagues, and his ideas about music itself. And what do we discover? Perhaps more than anything that Barenboim is in every way a professional. We do not have, in other words, one of the giants of the concert stage--a conductor or pianist who will leave his mark on the repertoire or inspire a younger generation--but an intelligent, sensitive, hard-working, and thoughtful musician who can handle almost anything circumstance is likely to throw his way. He is confident without being cocky and clearly enjoys good working relationships with most of the world's major musicians. On the negative side, his sometimes rambling comments about life seem forced, and his opinions on music competitions and live performances are hardly original. He is at his best when he is talking about conducting--whether about his own, or Furtwangler's, or Boulez's. In Chicago (where Barenboim is music director), demand will be high. Elsewhere, probably not. ~--Stuart Whitwell"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pianist and conductor Barenboim, currently director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, has had a remarkable career, with its share of drama and tragedy, including the shattering death of his brilliantly gifted first wife, cellist Jacqueline Du Pre, and the debacle of his ignominious departure from Paris's Bastille Opera. But since Barenboim stresses at the outset that he has no intention of referring to private or personal matters, readers looking for colorful details of his life will be disappointed. Instead, his book is a staid account of his career, with dutiful observations on colleagues and contemporaries (as a conductor he seems, oddly, to have been most influenced by the unlikely duo of Pierre Boulez and Sir John Barbirolli). He has interesting things to say on the relationship between music, language and national temperament, and on orchestral technique--though there is surprisingly little on the pianism with which he made his name. Overall, the book is a disappointment--unfocused, meandering, dully written. Barenboim should have let himself go, as he does in performance. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Barenboim, Daniel, -- 1942-
Pianists -- Biography.
Conductors (Music) -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Arcade Pub. :2003
Distributed by AOL Time Warner Book Group,
Edition 1st Arcade ed.
Contributors Lewin, Michael, 1958-
Huscher, Phillip.
Language English
Notes "This revised and enlarged edition first published in the United Kingdom by Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2002"--T.p. verso.
Includes index.
Description x, 246 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 1559706740
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