The Concerto : A Listener's Guide: A Listener's Guide (Google eBook)
Michael Steinberg's 1996 volume The Symphony: A Reader's Guide received glowing reviews across America. It was hailed as "wonderfully clear...recommended warmly to music lovers on all levels" (Washington Post), "informed and thoughtful" (Chicago Tribune), and "composed by a master stylist" (San Francisco Chronicle). Seiji Ozawa wrote that "his beautiful and effortless prose speaks from the heart." Michael Tilson Thomas called The Symphony "an essential book for any concertgoer." Now comes the companion volume--The Concerto: A Listener's Guide. In this marvelous book, Steinberg discusses over 120 works, ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1720s to John Adams in 1994. Readers will find here the heart of the standard repertory, among them Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, eighteen of Mozart's piano concertos, all the concertos of Beethoven and Brahms, and major works by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Bruch, Dvora'k, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Elgar, Sibelius, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff. The book also provides luminous introductions to the achievement of twentieth-century masters such as Arnold Schoenberg, Be'la Barto'k, Igor Stravinsky, Alban Berg, Paul Hindemith, Sergei Prokofiev, Aaron Copland, and Elliott Carter. Steinberg examines the work of these musical giants with unflagging enthusiasm and bright style. He is a master of capturing the expressive, dramatic, and emotional values of the music and of conveying the historical and personal context in which these wondrous works were composed. His writing blends impeccable scholarship, deeply felt love of music, and entertaining whimsy. Here then is a superb journey through one of music's richest and most diverse forms, with Michael Steinberg along as host, guide, and the best of companions.
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As the flyleaf states, Steinberg's book discusses "over 120 works, ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach in the 1720s to John Adams in 1994." The book is organized by composer in alphabetical order. All the usual suspects in the standard repertory are covered, but so are less familiar pieces such as works by Bridge, Perle, Reger and Sessions. It's mostly Piano and Violin Concertos with some Cello Concertos, as you might expect, but there's also Viola Concertos by Hindemith and Walton, Clarinet Concertos by Mozart, Copland and Nielsen, Oboe Concertos by Richard Strauss and Carter, a Flute Concerto by Nielsen, Horn Concertos by Mozart and Richard Strauss, a Trumpet Concerto by Zimmerman and a Concerto for Winds, Percussion and String by Martin. The essays are informative and entertaining and make a great introduction to the concerto form.
The concerto: a listener's guideUser Review - Book Verdict
Similar to Steinberg's earlier volume The Symphony: A Listener's Guide (LJ 9/1/95), these essays were originally written for the program books of the Boston Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and other orchestras. The 117 concertos chosen represent an interesting cross-section of works by the most popular composers (Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart), some less popular ones (Schoenberg, Sessions), and a few surprises (Perle, Nielsen, Zimmerman). A wide range of material--facts about the composers' lives, notable circumstances surrounding the first performances of the work--punctuate his discussion of each composition. The entries are all clearly written, although it is assumed that the reader has a fairly good knowledge of the standard musical repertory, and technical information is included. For the amateur with a musical background, this is a valuable and very interesting collection.--Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
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