PERFORMING ARTS

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

Knopf. Sept. 2019. 224p. illus. index. ISBN 9780525520658. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780525520665. MUSIC
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Classical music is everywhere: radio and television commercials, movie and cartoon soundtracks, cell phone ringtones. But it’s so much more than background music. As Leonard Bernstein did with his Young People’s Concerts (still available on YouTube), his colleague and protégé Mauceri unlocks the key to its enjoyment in this eloquent and inspiring book. A noted conductor in Hollywood, on Broadway, and on the stages of opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world, Mauceri (Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting) skillfully incorporates his musical experiences, from his youth to the present. Nine concise chapters provide a capsule history of Western music, setting it in cultural and historical context, explaining its structure, and advising readers on active listening. As Mauceri writes, “Classical music is not a temporary phenomenon. It is not of the moment. It is of every moment. It waits for you and welcomes you whenever you enter its domain.”
VERDICT The perfect companion for those who are already well versed in classical music and for those ready to take the plunge.

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