For the Love of Music, Mauceri
Author: John Mauceri
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Knopf (2020)
A protégé of Leonard Bernstein — his colleague for eighteen years — and an eminent conductor who has toured and recorded all over the world, John Mauceri helps readers reap the joys and pleasures classical music has to offer.
The reader traces the path of a musical tradition born in ancient Greece, embraced by the Roman Empire and subsequently nurtured by influences from across the globe, gave shape to the classical music that came to be embraced by cultures from Japan to Bolivia. Mauceri examines the music itself, helping readers understand what is heard when listening to classical music — how, by a kind of sonic metaphor, it expresses the deepest recesses of human feeling and emotion; how each piece bears the traces of its history; how the concert experience allows one to discover music anew. Unpretentious, graceful, instructive, this is a book for the aficionado, the novice and anyone looking to have the love of music fired within them.
About John Mauceri:
Over the past five decades, John Mauceri has conducted symphonies, operas, ballets, musicals and film music around the world, serving as music director of multiple opera companies and orchestras all the while. He has more than 70 albums to his name and is the recipient of many major awards. He is the author of Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting and has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Times of London and Huffington Post, among other publications.