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  • Author:
    Norman Lebrecht
  • ISBN:
    0806520884
  • ISBN13:
    978-0806520889
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  • Publisher:
    Citadel; Revised, Updated edition (January 1, 2001)
  • Pages:
    416 pages
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    Music
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Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power Replica Books – 1 July 2001 Synopsis: THE MAESTRO . Norman Lebrecht reports at vivid firsthand the unvarnished history of a vital institution which was designed to define a nation - and spectacularly failed.

Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power Replica Books – 1 July 2001 Synopsis: THE MAESTRO MYTH lifts the lid off the world off the mysterious world of conducting, a world populated by geniuses and charlatans and preyed upon by the greatest power brokers in the entertainment industry. Music in London Aurum Press – 30 September 1992. A Musical Book of Days St Martins Pr (T) – 1 October 1989.

A great gossip book for conductors, Lebrecht book explores the fame of conductors and whether they really deserved it or not. It has numerous anecdotes on several conductors, though it sometimes skims over a conductor. For example, in the chapter discussing Great Conductorial Dictators (a list which comprised of Toscanini, Furtwangler, Szell, and Reiner), it covered in detail the lives of Toscanini and Furtwangler, but had a short paragraph on Szell and Reiner, though all four were listed in the chapter for discussion.

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His book The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power (Citadel Press; 1991) charts the history of. .Herman Trotter of The Buffalo News wrote that Lebrecht's "widely discussed 1992 book "The Maestro Myth" seems to have been a warm-up for his current magnum opus.

His book The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power (Citadel Press; 1991) charts the history of conducting, from its rise as an independent profession in the 1870s to its subsequent preoccupations with power, wealth, and celebrity. Maestros, Masterpieces and Madness: The Secret Life and Shameful Death of the Classical Record Industry (US title: The Life and Death of Classical Music, Penguin, 2007) is billed as an inside.

In this vigorous anatomy of power on the podium, Norman Lebrecht argues that the great conductor's musical purpose is secondary to his commercial necessity. There is no profession which an imposter could enter more easily", wrote the violinist Carl Flesch of conducting. The truth may be that "great conductors" exist primarily because we demand mythical heroes, visible leaders, cultural icons.

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Music critic/provocateur Norman Lebrecht didn't make the high muckety-mucks of the classical music industry . The book is going to brook criticism for being one of the only books to just start talking about the conductor problem. Like a dictionary for the music history of conductors.

Music critic/provocateur Norman Lebrecht didn't make the high muckety-mucks of the classical music industry at all happy with this iconoclastic book, but he di. One man's informed and unique view.

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This history of conductors argues that their lust for power and wealth has brought maestros to the brink of extinction, and it claims that this particular profession has too often been the object of sycophantic reverence. It is aimed at music lovers who enjoy having their opinions challenged.

In this masterpiece on the masters of music, Lebrecht enthralls readers with his insightful look into the lives and careers of the world's most celebrated conductors. of photos.

Gavidor
A great gossip book for conductors, Lebrecht book explores the fame of conductors and whether they really deserved it or not.
It has numerous anecdotes on several conductors, though it sometimes skims over a conductor. For example, in the chapter discussing Great Conductorial Dictators (a list which comprised of Toscanini, Furtwangler, Szell, and Reiner), it covered in detail the lives of Toscanini and Furtwangler, but had a short paragraph on Szell and Reiner, though all four were listed in the chapter for discussion.
The book moves quickly and efficiently, never staying on a topic, really, longer then it really needs to, though it may ramble a while on a particular conductor (devoting, for example, an entire chapter bashing on Karajan). He accuses many and congratulates few, but Lebrecht offers his opinion convincingly.
It's an interesting read and many will be surprised to read about their favorite conductor.
Gio
I am still reading this book. I find it very interesting to learn more about the backstage of orchestras. I am a subscriber to the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and it is fine to see some aspects which can be related between book and OSESP...

Timely delivery and for those who like music, this book is a voyage into another world.

MH.
Hugifyn
Great Read - passing on to friends - relevant given todays economic climate and overpayment to administrators, conductors and others
Pipet
I have been looking for this book for some time. It is a masterpiece with a wealth of information based on extensive research.
Steel_Blade
Get your facts right!
Macage
What's the point with writing a book about the conductor who married his step-mother, the one that was the lover of a former minister of culture, the one that publicly humiliated his wife hunting male prostitutes and the countless conductors who are punished for taking the wrong side 80 years ago, as if public music making should have been forbidden between 1933 and 1945 or have mercy on the poor devil who would pay dearly for having done his/her job under an evil regime etc etc etc. Mr.Lebrecht has for now two decades proved that he's incapable of writing one single interesting line about music; only back-stage dirt counts. If he only had the ability to be the Dan Brown of classical music!
Haracetys
Norman Lebrecht has had a career as a serious music journalist, but one would scarcely know it from reading this book. It reads as if conductors (and musicians generally) have the same vacuous existence as media 'celebrities', famous for being famous, with the sum of their personalities distillable down to this tantrum or that whimsical request. Thankfully, that is not the case, and hence it renders this gossipy, fatuous book nugatory.

Well-written small talk, even pure invective, can be entertaining on its own level, but Lebrecht fails even in this. Other reviewers seem to find entertainment in his style, if not his substance. I do not share that view. Lebrecht piles tired cliche upon cliche, hack metaphor upon metaphor, and peppers the text with the kind of childish alliteration you read only in school essays and tabloid press. His imagery is frequently ugly and not a little suspect (CD buyers browsing in shops are apparently lined up like men standing at urinals).

One is left wondering what target audience Lebrecht had in mind: people interested in serious music? Hardly. People who enjoy empty celebrity biography? Unlikely. One is left with the impression that Lebrecht is writing for his own idle amusement, or apparently with envy that his own musical gifts seem to be in inverse proportion to his propensity to write gossip about the abilities of others. He is welcome to it. For the rest of us, there are finer, more penetrating, more cogently argued and simply better written books on conductors available.
Although I am deeply enthralled by the lives of great conductors and musicians, this was not enough to erase the embarrasment and, at times, utter disgust at the mistakes (typos, misspellings,etc.) and errors found throughout this book.

I bought the book on a whim and became deeply entrenched in its pages within minutes (this is not to say that this reads like Clancy but it is very interesting). But the more I read the more frustrated I became at the mindless and senseless editing that was done here. For instance, on one page alone there are 3 different spellings of Mahler's name:

1: The correct way appears- Mahler

2: Then this- Maler

3: And finally this- Mabler

The latter really bowled me over. And the further I read the worse it became. There are also misrepresented facts (such as the stockyards in Chicago) throughout.

In short, if you are looking for scholarship and true presentations, look elsewhere. If you are interested in various interesting anecdotes and trivia-like facts about conductors and you dont mind sifting through misspellings and foreign words with no interpretation, then you will enjoy this book. But I must warn you...any book with a typo on its back cover (The Maesto Myth) may be more of a hassle than good informal reading.