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The infinite variety of music

by Leonard Bernstein

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I do not have a very good aural memory which impeded my thoroughly enjoying this book. The book was written from a series of music programmes that Bernstein narrated. He played bits of the music as he analyzed bits of it. Without the music the book is lacking, unless one has a good aural memory. I learned some more about music in general by reading this. My music education is seriously lacking! I am going to try to find the pieces he analyzes and read the book while listening at a later time. Bernstein's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious though. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
I do not have a very good aural memory which impeded my thoroughly enjoying this book. The book was written from a series of music programmes that Bernstein narrated. He played bits of the music as he analyzed bits of it. Without the music the book is lacking, unless one has a good aural memory. I learned some more about music in general by reading this. My music education is seriously lacking! I am going to try to find the pieces he analyzes and read the book while listening at a later time. Bernstein's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious though. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
I do not have a very good aural memory which impeded my thoroughly enjoying this book. The book was written from a series of music programmes that Bernstein narrated. He played bits of the music as he analyzed bits of it. Without the music the book is lacking, unless one has a good aural memory. I learned some more about music in general by reading this. My music education is seriously lacking! I am going to try to find the pieces he analyzes and read the book while listening at a later time. Bernstein's enthusiasm for his subject is contagious though. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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With style, wit, and expertise, Leonard Bernstein shares his love and appreciation for music in all its varied forms in The Infinite Variety of Music, illuminating the deep pleasure and sometimes-subtle beauty it offers. He begins with an "imaginary conversation" with George Washington entitled "The Muzak Muse," in which he argues the values of actively listening to music by learning how to read notes, as opposed to simply hearing music in a concert hall. The book also features the reproduction of five television scripts from Bernstein on the influence of jazz, the timeless appeal of Mozart, musical romanticism, and the complexities of rhythmic innovation. Also included are Bernstein's analyses of symphonies by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, and Brahms, a rare reproduction of a 1957 lecture on the nature of composing, and a report on the musical scene written for the New York Times after his sabbatical leave from directorship of the New York Philharmonic during the 1964-65 season.… (more)

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