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Of the music world With candor and humor Mauceri makes clear that conducting is itself a composition of legacy and tradition techniues handed down from master to apprentice and than a trace of ineffable magic He reveals how conductors approach a piece of music a calculated combination of personal interpretation imagination and insight into the composer's intent; what it takes to communicate solely through g. One of the

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An exuberant uniuely accessible beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting from a celebrated conductor whose international career has spanned half a centuryJohn Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an unprecedented hugely informative consistently entertaining exploration of his profession rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside the greatest names. Disappointi Droit et environnement social au Maghreb profession rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside the greatest names. Disappointi

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Esture with sometimes hundreds of performers at once; and the occasionally glamorous often challenging life of the itinerant maestro Mauceri who worked closely with Leonard Bernstein for eighteen years studied with Leopold Stokowski and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years is the perfect guide to the allure and theater passion and drudgery rivalries and relationships of the conducting life. This book w Au croisement des cultures de droit occidentale et musulmane: Le pluralisme juridique dans le code tunisien des obligations et des contrats performers at once; and the occasionally glamorous often challenging life of the itinerant maestro Mauceri who worked closely with Leonard Bernstein for eighteen years studied with Leopold Stokowski and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years is the Mariage et liberté: Étude comparative entre le droit français, tunisien et musulman perfect guide to the allure and theater FIGARO (LE) [No 4167] du 29/01/1958 - anastasia, grande-duchesse ou aventuriere par aucleres - loi-cadre algerie adoptee en seconde lecture a l'assemblee par gabilly le droit de greve et la fonction publique hebergement par ravon la citrouille , satellite de l'armee us serait lancee cette semaine par sauvage operations de police chez les etudiants musulmans de paris important jaillissement de petrole dansle sahara oriental - une ombre par guehenno conference du pacte de bagdad jacques guerard passion and drudgery rivalries and relationships of the conducting life. This book w

10 thoughts on “Maestros and Their Music

  1. says:

    Disappointing DryI felt like I was at a dinner party listening to the author talk about random things in the conducting and music world He didn’t go into enough depth or detail about specific things just snippets about this and that It was hard to stay interested He should have coauthored with a writer or journalist to make it engagingFor example he mentioned the conductor Muti a couple times but he didn’t say anything meaningful about Muti Was Muti good or not good and why? Tell me something interesting about Muti And the same with other conductors give me some opinionsThe author briefly mentioned that Petrillo in Chicago was a key figure behind unionizing musicians Petrillo claimed recorded music took jobs away from musicians Petrillo was also against something about small musician groups I was confused I wanted to know about Petrillo how were things before and after him but it was just sort of mentioned in passingSlightly annoying was the way the author freuently said “I was asked to conduct ” It felt egotistical I would have preferred hearing him say “I conducted ”ONE THING I REALLY LIKED AND I LEARNED SOMETHINGI was interested in the following comment about Maria Callas The author was giving his opinion and judgment I wish he did of that on other subjects“Anyone who attended the farewell performances of Maria Callas in recital with tenor Giuseppe Di Stefano will know precisely what I mean By 1974 Callas was barely Callas her voice having shrunk in size her vibrato having curdled into a wobble in its upper register and her sound clouded and covered But every now and then something happened a fiery flash in her eyes a gesture of vulnerability a perfectly turned phrase and memories were awakened of when she was great and members of the audience were young Respect sadness mortality curiosity and a desire to stop inevitability fueled the public’s emotions during the performances and buoyed them and Callas through each evening It occasionally felt as if the audience were giving her the strength to carry on and probably it did”AUDIOBOOK NARRATORThe author narrated his own book He was good as a narratorDATABook copyright 2017 Genre nonfiction memoir

  2. says:

    This book seems to be of an introduction for people not overly familiar with classical music or symphonic orchestration As a classical musician I knew a good deal of what he was talking aboutHowever since I am not a conductor I found a lot of his observations insightful and informative John Mauceri knew a lot of the really important conductors of the last century and he tells many interesting stories about them and their philosophies and methods of conductingChapters include A short history of conducting; learning to be a conductor why do different conductors interpret works in dramatically different ways; the relationships between the conductor and music musicians audience and composers I especially appreciated his section on critics It seems no matter how famous and wonderful you are as a conductor there will be a reviewer that will trash your work This made me feel better due to the criticism I have received from certain stupid louts who couldn't play the piano if their life depended on itI meanpeople who have given their expert opinion of my own performancesI also liked his chapter on recordings vs life performancesIf you are interested in classical music from a conductor's perspective I recommend this book

  3. says:

    In Maestros and Their Music John Mauceri gives us uniue access into the world of conducting What is the man waving with his hands in front of the orchestra really doing? How does one become a conductor? How is uality in conducting judged; what makes one better than another? And truly why are they important in performances of classical music? All the natural uestions that might arise in anyone thinking about the art of conducting are wonderfully and convincingly explored in this book John Mauceri writes from personal experience as well as the experiences of people he has gotten to know through the years; combining anecdotes with general discussions of the staple parts of the job the skill the controversy and the history of the conductor He begins with giving the historical origins of the conductor as music began to change in the 19th century and the need arose for someone to oversee increasingly complex compositions and further gives us an overview of this invisible art form’s development and progression through the 20th century and beyondFull Review

  4. says:

    While the book is a bit repetitious and has at its center a bit of a shrug paraphrasing We don't really know what makes a great conductor this is definitely worth reading if you have any appreciation for or interest in classical music The author a conductor himself talks about the history of conducting and interestingly the myriad choices that a conductor has to make to satisfy himalmost always himself as well as to meet the constraints of the musicians the management the schedule and so forth It's a very nice elucidation of something that does look and sound a bit like alchemy

  5. says:

    One of the best books of 2017 A must read for anyone with the slightest interest in music or theatre

  6. says:

    What do conductors actually do? How do they command the trust and respect of the orchestra? And what defines greatness in a field of subjective interpretation? John Mauceri an acclaimed conductor in his own right explores these uestions in a memoir that is insightful entertaining and rich with personal anecdotes The book is not without its weaknesses though The writing is engaging but also a bit messy The chapters don't necessarily follow a logical seuence Moreover Mauceri’s treatment of his conductor peers is very uneven He doesn’t make a single reference to Carlos Kleiber who is widely regarded as the greatest conductor of the past half century This is an unforgivable omission in a book about conducting not least since Mauceri gives Gilbert Kaplan an amateur conductor who was obsessed with Mahler’s Second Symphony an overgenerous treatment in the introduction

  7. says:

    A wonderful series of essays on conducting It’s part observation part autobiography and part insider's gossip I've read several books by conductors and it's interesting that they rarely discuss individual musicians in the orchestras they lead They'll talk about directors and managers but rarely about oboists or bassists

  8. says:

    I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy of esteemed American conductor John Mauceri's upcoming book Maestros and Their Music half autobiography and half pop history account of conductors and everything that makes their arcane art so uniue The book Mauceri's first shows few signs of being unpolished and is rarely amateur work rather it consistently makes engaging reading while staying light and unconcerned As a disciple of the legendary American maestro Leonard Bernstein the author has as many anecdotes of his own to share as ones passed down through oral or is it aural? legend over generations of greats from modern masters like Sir Simon Rattle back to progenitors of modern conducting like Mahler and StraussIf the book has one major flaw it's that its audience is somewhat difficult to pinpoint those with extensive musical background will find the stories interesting but some of the explanations geared towards the layman to be tedious; likewise those with little knowledge of conducting or the wider classical world may be grateful for some of Mauceri's explanations but have little actual interest in whatever rude thing Herbert von Karajan had to say about his concertmaster Regardless of this fact anyone with sufficient interest should find Maestros and Their Music to be a fun read to pass time during intermissions or as a jumping off point in exploring the great conductors of both today as well as antiuity

  9. says:

    This book was a fascinating one to me for several reasons  For one I have long been involved in choral and orchestral music since my youth in both cases and have a great experience in dealing with conductors  In addition I have on a few occasions been a conductor myself an experience I have generally enjoyed although I have no formal education in it  This particular author is someone I had never heard about personally although he works in circles that I am familiar with and is writing about a compelling and interesting subject  This book certainly makes me want to pay attention to the work of conductors and to examine the subtle influence that they have on the way that music is played a certain style that they tend to encourage in the orchestras and other groups that they lead  And any book that makes me want to know about someone or something is generally one I can appreciate and recommend to others especially those in the NPR listening set or who enjoy going to concerts  Then again it seems unlikely that anyone would want to read a book like this unless they appreciated the work that conductors did anywayAt any rate this book is about 250 pages long and is divided into ten chapters  The author begins with an introduction that puts himself and his own career and education as a conductor into context  After that he provides a short history of conducting 1 as well as some discussion of the techniues that are used in conducting 2  The next two chapters answer obvious uestions that someone would have about conducting namely how one learns an orchestra score 3 and how one learns to be a conductor in the first place 4  After that the author ponders the uestion of what makes one conductor's performance different from another's and looks at the individual sense of style that great conductors have 5  The next and by the far the largest chapter examines relationships 6 such as the relationship a conductor has with the music with musicians with the audience with critics and with owners and management  The author then deals with the thorny uestion of who is in charge in a given performance 7 which varies depending on the circumstances  The author gets personal with a discussion of the loneliness of the long distance maestro 8 discusses recordings vs performances vs recordings of performances 9 and then closes the book with a discussion of the mystery of conducting 10 after which there are acknowledgements notes and an indexWhat does one get out of this?  Well for one the growth of performances of classical music to the point where music became part of a repertoire and wasn't merely occasional music led by the composer created a niche for the development of a profession that uickly attracted a lot of power hungry people to it  That said conductors themselves have had to deal with a lot of complex expectations where being true to the music is by no means straightforward and where the interests of management vocal or instrumental soloists and production directors in the case of opera often trump the desire of the conductor to do things their own way  The author is also very moving on the struggle that conductors face to make a living themselves when dealing with the itinerant life and its expenses as well as the lower money that pops conductors make when compared to those who limit themselves to the prestigious classical repertory  All of this makes for some deeply fascinating reading about a profession that few people know about in detail

  10. says:

    A uniue and worthy book While it drags a bit in spots the middle of the 250 page volume is occupied by a big honking chapter on Relationships relationships with the composer the music the orchestra the audience the critics that dwarfs every other chapter and could have been cut down or split up for my money it's also a very educational book and its many ideas are backed up by thoughtful illustrative stories often personal anecdotes from the author himself about many of the world's great conductors composers performance spaces and musical works My favorite section is the final chapter which discusses the problem of whether to perform what people expect to hear or what the composer originally intended This is illustrated in part by the dilemma over how to perform a symphony by Bruno Mahler Mahler's original score says that one part of the orchestra is to continue briefly at a fast tempo while the rest comes in at a slow one creating a moment where the orchestra is playing at two different speeds ie not together This can sound like a mistake so for a long time no one performed it that way instead having the whole orchestra slow down or ritard together as the slower instruments enter But the author decides he wants to perform it In the opening moments of his fourth symphony Mahler seemed to be painting an aural image of a sleigh going by It does not slow down A completely different musical element begins without regard to the speed of the sleigh music Once I came to believe this was Mahler's intention I brought this conclusion to my next performanceHaving never heard it myself I was astounded by its impact a few seconds into a symphony that would last an hour The next day I read in the local paper 'One can always tell whether a conductor understands the music of Mahler by how he controls the graceful ritard into the charming melody of his Fourth Symphony Unfortunately Mr Mauceri' You can extrapolate the restThe author goes on to discuss whether he was right to do what he did Was I right? Yes Did I convince? No This kind of minute choice can make or break an audience's experience of a piece of music and a conductor's career Inside baseball details like this are what makes the book come to life and I heartily recommend it

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