The Symphony: A Listeners Guide


Enriched by biographical detail, historical background, musical examples, and many finely nuanced observations, this volume is a treasury of insight and information. Readers will find illuminating discussion of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Sibelius, and Mahler, as well as of the most loved symphonic works of Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and others. We learn how to listen more sharply for Haydn's humor, to Mozart's singular combination of pathos with grace, and to the evolution of Beethoven's musical ideas in his nine symphonies.

This remarkable range and variety of composers are illuminated by Steinberg's deft, inviting, and intensely personal essays, which give such a vivid portrait of each composer's personality that the reader gets an immediate sense of how the work is a direct expression of the person from whose soul and brain it has sprung. Tracing the ways in which composers have dealt with the musical challenges that have engaged them throughout the centuries, Steinberg takes us through the revolutions of expression, sound, and form that have shaped the symphony's remarkable history.

Whether beginners or veterans, music lovers will listen to the symphony with enlivened interest and deeper understanding with Steinberg's masterful guide in hand.

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I greatly enjoyed this book: Steinberg's style is lively and full of wit, but authoritative nonetheless, which is rare. As a reference book, this is an invaluable "tool" for the music lover and the scholar alike. So, why not 5 stars? I think that, if you write such a kind of book a "guide" , you should try to find a balance between the objective and the subjective, Steinberg tends decidedly to the subjective, which is good when he gives us so many insights about composers or conductors he met, much less so when this affects the selection criteria.

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For example, talking about American music, he spends pages talking about the Steinberg-dedicated Harbison Second I bought the CD after I read the book and I found it very empty and rambling and just a few denigratory lines about the Copland Third, which is a a classic , like it or not. And what about the almost total omission of the French symphonies?

You won't find Franck and Bizet, as Amazon points, but also Saint-Saens is missing , and I don't think a book about symphonies can be without his Third. All in all, an indispensable issue, but with some flaws. Eine Person fand diese Informationen hilfreich. Die hilfreichsten Kundenrezensionen auf Amazon. When I first opened this book, it began with symphony number 1 of Beethoven. And "go to beginning of book" in the index menu brings me to the same point. No introduction, table of contents, or introduction to Beethoven. I didn't know how to go to another symphony without paging through the whole book search did not work very well.

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The writing is wonderfully clear, personal, and specific. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Learn more about Amazon Prime. Enriched by biographical detail, historical background, musical examples, and many finely nuanced observations, this volume is a treasury of insight and information. Readers will find illuminating discussion of the complete symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Sibelius, and Mahler, as well as of the most loved symphonic works of Schubert, Bruckner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and others.

We learn how to listen more sharply for Haydn's humor, to Mozart's singular combination of pathos with grace, and to the evolution of Beethoven's musical ideas in his nine symphonies. This remarkable range and variety of composers are illuminated by Steinberg's deft, inviting, and intensely personal essays, which give such a vivid portrait of each composer's personality that the reader gets an immediate sense of how the work is a direct expression of the person from whose soul and brain it has sprung.

Tracing the ways in which composers have dealt with the musical challenges that have engaged them throughout the centuries, Steinberg takes us through the revolutions of expression, sound, and form that have shaped the symphony's remarkable history. Whether beginners or veterans, music lovers will listen to the symphony with enlivened interest and deeper understanding with Steinberg's masterful guide in hand. Read more Read less. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

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I hadn't seriously used it in quite some time, then, while reviewing some books I had just read, decided to post one about it. His love of music is contagious. See and discover other items: Still it is a pity that works by composers such as, for instance, Franz Liszt, Leonard Bernstein and Witold Lutoslawski are totally absent. The composer introductory remarks are excellent! Pages with related products. After all, writing about music is sort of like dancing about architecture.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. The Vintage Guide to Classical Music: The Symphony 2nd Edition. Sponsored products related to this item What's this? The Life and Music of the Great Composer. Along with pictures and contemporary accounts, this book profiles the life, music, and legacy of history's most famous composer, explaining his genius. This book chronicles the life of the famous composer, and how he produced some of history's most popular classical music despite his life struggles.

With pictures and quotes, this book examines the classical music that made the two composers some of the most influential musicians in history. Whether he is guiding a reader through the intricacies of a Mahler symphony, unearthing new treasures in a familiar Beethoven score or correlating the strange performance history of Charles Ives's symphonies with his own concert-going life, Steinberg's writing is both authoritative and deeply personal.

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His immense knowledge of music, and the ease with which he deploys it, have made him the acknowledged master of this particular form. Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review.

Read reviews that mention program notes michael steinberg san francisco classical music copland third francisco symphony symphonies musical beethoven symphonic composers example sibelius boston composer haydn mahler page franck minor. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. When I first opened this book, it began with symphony number 1 of Beethoven. And "go to beginning of book" in the index menu brings me to the same point. No introduction, table of contents, or introduction to Beethoven.

I didn't know how to go to another symphony without paging through the whole book search did not work very well. However, as I eventually discovered, if you press "previous page" at the beginning, you get the prior missing parts of the book. And "Table of Contents" in the index takes you to the Table of Contents, which is selectable so you can go right to the symphony you want.

Once I figured out how to use the book I was pleased with it. One of the only books I've kept since graduation.

Very interesting to read - and easy to "skim" if necessary. Details are fascinating and references aren't too hard to understand for someone with less musical knowledge. I still remember some wonderful passages about Beethoven's 6th that I flagged to read again.

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I haven't had much time to read much of this volume but what I have has been very uselul. This is a classic book by one of the best music critics -- ever.

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If you're a symphony fan, or want to be, this is the one book you should have. This is not a "listener's guide," but, rather, a collection of stories about the composers The number of musical examples is very small and poorly discussed, compared, for example, to Edward Downes richly illustrated paperback, "Guide to Symphonic Music. One person found this helpful. Good and easy to read review. I bought it as I try to update my understanding of Mahler, especially with the new or renewed interest.

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Some of the tomes appear to be overwhelming. Here although brief the discussions of the compositions are well thought out. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.