Started by torut, March 08, 2014, 11:05:54 AM
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Quote from: sanantonio on March 10, 2014, 07:32:29 AMRegarding Stravinsky, this is currently on my side table:[asin]0521602882[/asin]Joseph N. Straus is an excellent writer on contemporary music, his books are well researched and sourced, and not dull reading (at least not for me). His book on American Serialists is excellent. I will probably get his book on Post Tonal Theory at some point.
Quote from: ritter on March 10, 2014, 07:52:36 AMThat book on late Stravinsky certainly looks interesting. Is it accessible to the mere aficionado?Does anyone know this book? It better be fantastic, because at almost $100, it's not really cheap, is it? :[asin]1107033292[/asin]
Quote from: ritter on March 10, 2014, 07:52:36 AMOn the other hand, the précis of Maconie's book (..."Stravinsky lived much of his life in Hollywood"..."his work subtly espoused deeply held political views"...etc.) doesn't really generate much enthusiasm in me, I must confess.
Quote from: ritter on March 10, 2014, 08:47:32 AMThanks James, Karlhenning and Sanantonio for your comments! I do read music, but cannot, for example, quote sections of Schoenberg's Harmonielehre (if that is the kind of knowledge that is required )My personal library includes almost everything that has been published by or on Boulez, several tomes on Stockhausen, Elliott Carter, Stravinsky, etc. , but I am not a professional musician by any means... Some of the books are very accessible to me, and some way beyond my reach . In any case, I'm more interested in the historical aspects of this music, than in the theoretical and technical side of things (a stance that reflects my limited--but not complete absence of--musical training). My objection with the (apparent) tone of the Maconie book is what could appear to be (always based on the abstract and reviews) a banalization of Stravinsky's art. I really can't understand why our dear Igor Feodorovich would be a better (or worse) composer, or a more interesting figure, because, e.g. he "did work closely with Disney on Fantasia and spent years in Hollywood".
Quote from: sanantonio on March 10, 2014, 08:50:36 AMIf you don't already have the Stephen Walsh book on Stravinsky, I'd say it is one to consider.
Quote from: ritter on March 10, 2014, 08:59:27 AM I've read volume 2 "Second Exile", after buying it here in a bookstore in Madrid. I found it a fascinating read... I really should make a point of reading the first volume asap...
Quote from: ritter on March 10, 2014, 09:05:32 AMOoops...your link is to another book by Walsh . I thought you meant the biography in two volumes:
Quote from: James on March 10, 2014, 09:12:27 AMritter .. Maconie's Stravinsky book is great for general listeners, it is right up your alley & fun. Get this book and the integral 22CD Sony Box and go on an odyssey that will only enrich.The 2 go hand-in-hand.
Quote from: Stephen WalshStravinsky was consulted on none of these changes, of course, and they came as a complete surprise to him when he saw the finished film eighteen months or so later.
Quote from: torut on March 08, 2014, 03:13:42 PMI find a bad reputation of Lebrecht here and there. Is it because of his scandalous books about conductors, singers, classical music business, etc.? And/or his musical assessments are unreliable/biased?
Quote from: karlhenning on March 10, 2014, 09:58:33 AMHe's the world's first tabloid musicologist
QuoteTwenty-six carefully chosen works—including music by Claude Debussy, Kurt Weill, William Grant Still, Pauline Oliveros, and Chen Yi—offer representative examples of genres and composers of the period.
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