Monsters and Angels: Surviving a Career in Music

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2002 - Music - 507 pages
This book by internationally known writer, composer, teacher and lecturer Seymour Bernstein expounds upon topics touched on in his bestseller With Your Own Two Hands (HL50482589). Bernstein teaches readers the truth about performing careers, offering insights and advice on both personal and musical issues. In Part 2, he discusses the importance of music education, covering both "monster" and "angel" teachers, managers and critics. Bernstein believes that everyone has a right to develop whatever talent they have, for self-fulfillment and self-development, if not necessarily for a career.
 

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I find it disheartening to find this "review" of my great-grandfather Alexander Chiappinelli after doing some research on my ancestry. Yes, he was a strict teacher per my mother and great-aunt, but I do believe the criticism is unwarranted, especially given his long legacy in the music scene in New Jersey. He performed with Van Cliburn and still has a Carnegie Hall competition in his name to this day--I would say he was more than an exceptional pianist.  

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I also studied with Louise Curcio during the time Mr. Bernstein describes. She revered him and recognized his talent. His music education certainly was embellished by his association with her.
I feel his criticism is totally unwarranted.

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Contents

LEAVETAKING
1
PRECIOUS BOND
3
A Perspective on Humor
4
CRITICISMS AND COMPLIMENTS
6
Losing Credibility
9
At lastsomeone is truthful to me
10
EDUCATIONAL SCHISM
11
You dont love me any more
12
Debut at Sea
226
S O P
228
Church Services at Sea
229
Theres No Tomorrow
230
Passover at Sea
234
The Misuse of Power
236
Good Friday
238
Preferential Treatment
240

Practicing is more important to me than you are
13
Why Compose?
14
I feel you ought to know
16
The Demons Within
17
EARLY STIRRINGS
18
The Chalk Box
19
Darkroom in the Cellar
20
THINK ITDO IT
22
I Hear America Singing
23
My Beloved Mama
24
Musicthe Strongest Signal
28
First Crime
30
First Trauma
31
A Time of Innocence
32
Butter Kuchen
33
THE DARK CLOUD
34
Becoming a Jew
35
Come back when youre thirteen
37
Becoming a Man
38
Confrontation
41
My Sonthe Junkman
42
Three Daughters and a Pianist
43
Solitude
45
Forgiveness
47
No TicketNo Praying
48
Regrets and Reflections
49
THE STATUS OF MY CAREER
51
You Pay You Play
53
COMING TO THE END OF THINGS
55
MONSTERS AND ANGELS
57
ORIGINS OF TALENT
58
Having Two or More Teachers
60
Teacher Shopping
62
Grand Deception
64
Can you think of a four letter word for love?
66
Private Music Teachers
68
ALEX CHIAPPINELLI
69
400 Fingers
70
Ensemble at Any Price
71
CRITICAL TIMES
72
First Attempts at Composing
73
CLARA HUSSERL
75
Hortense Monath
76
Total Mentor
80
A Beer for Sonny
81
Summer Audiences
82
My Teaching Career Begins
84
Leonard Bernstein
88
LOUISE CURCIO
91
Color Hearing
94
Silver
95
Intimacy
96
The Facts of Life
97
The Disciple
98
A Woman Scorned
99
Youre not as good as they say
100
The Steinway Basement
101
Fate Snares the Monster
102
Stuck to the Keys
104
Eruption No 2
105
100 RECORDINGS
106
Once Through
107
FATEFUL MEETING
108
ALEXANDER BRAILOWSKY
109
Palatial Ambience
111
Ominous Ela
113
Already there is something wrong
116
My Clowning Maitre
118
Crisis and Success
120
Undercurrents
121
Deterioration
122
First Offense
125
Dinner in High Style
127
A Wealth of Treasures
128
Debut with the Chicago Symphony
130
Second Offense
131
Nurturing
133
Conspiracy and Ambush
134
Torment
139
THE DUCHESS
144
GENEROSITY
153
MADAME ISABELLE VENGEROVA
156
Mr Authority
157
The Mannes School of Music
158
The Monster in Angels Clothing
159
Acceptance and Rejection
161
Madame Plays Her Hand
162
The Assistant
165
Waiting in the Wings
170
Success
172
Reprisal Extreme
174
JUILLIARD SOJOURN
176
DEGREES YES OR NO?
178
Being Prepared
179
Stay Home and Practice
181
Doctoral Candidates Speak Their Woes
183
PROFESSIONALAMATEUR
186
DRAFTED
188
THE ARMY
191
RED
192
The M1 Thumb
193
The Marksman
194
Bivouac
195
Rebellion
196
Attack in the Shower and in a Foxhole
198
Trained to Kill
199
The Service Club
201
SPECIAL SERVICES
203
Debut as a Tap Dancer
205
The Kate Smith TV Show
209
From TV to Truck Driving
212
Barbershop Quartet
213
FECOM
218
DIARY
219
Debut in a Bar
220
FORT LAWTON
221
THE GENERAL W M BLACK
223
The Voyage
224
The Heavens Part
241
Ave Verum
242
Easter Sunday
243
JAPAN
246
Camp Drake
248
Cosmoline and Ice Cream
249
The Death List
251
Tokyo
254
The Ugly American
258
The Bully
259
Orders for Korea
262
CHOSUN KOREA LAND OF THE MORNING CALM
265
The Caress of a Deer
267
TAEGU
268
Auditioning for Our Lives
269
Sy the Spy
270
A Pianist Again
273
Debut at EUSAK
275
Near Tragedy
276
Lee Eneh
279
THE TOUR
280
On the Front Lines
282
Funereal Explosions
287
The POW Compounds at KojeDo
289
Strange Illness and Miraculous Cure
290
Giggles in the Chapel
297
Reunions Near the Front
298
The Repose
300
General W H Harrison and the Peace Conference
301
General James A Van Fleet
305
Flowers for the Mamasans
309
The ROK Navy Symphony and Chorus
310
The Nightingale Tearoom
311
Brandy in the Gutter
313
Reprisals
314
Will the Curtain Go Up?
315
Ive got condoms for ya
316
Farewells and New Friends
319
The New Testament Comes to Korea
320
How Deep the Roots
321
Dear Aunt Clara Is Dead
322
Final Concert in Korea
324
HOMECOMING
326
Making It on One Propeller
327
Policing of Another Sort
336
THE BATTLE CONTINUES
341
WARNINGS
343
SIR CLIFFORD CURZON INSPIRATION AND CONFLICT
344
ON MY OWN
351
THE MOVE TO NEW YORK CITY
354
My Haven
355
The Portable Supermarket
356
Gefilte Fish Chicken Soup and Turmoil
357
The Noise Maker in Apartment 1A
359
HARASSMENT
362
The Criminal Pianist
363
The Slamming Vestibule Door
365
Final Ploy
367
FILLING IN THE GAP
369
ARTHUR JUDSON AND CAMI
370
We want to see how you look together
372
The Gotham Concert Trio
373
The Vicissitudes of Touring
375
Receptions
376
Fred R Emerson Barrister and Amateur Pianist
379
Glamour Turns to Disillusionment
381
BERNSTEIN AND BERNSTEIN
386
Start with the fugue
387
Carnegie Hall
388
Being Lured
391
THE MANAGERIAL SCENE
393
Berenice Kazounoff
394
I have five dates for you
395
Winners May Be Losers
397
The Seed Catalogue
400
Thirty Telephone Calls
403
A Managerial Oath?
406
OUTLINE FOR SELFEXAMINATION
407
SEX AND CONTRACTS
410
Maybe you like me to touch your shoulder?
412
The Tables Are Turned
416
Platonic Relationships
417
STATE DEPARTMENT SPONSORED TOURS
420
Dripping Mayonnaise
424
The U2 Incident
426
SeoulKorea 1955
427
Interrupted Practice
429
Someone slept in the Presidents bed
430
An Earthquake and Beethoven
431
Concert by the Light of a Lantern
433
Barks for Mozart
435
Mothballs in the Piano
437
Caught in a Revolution
441
Conclusions
453
GETTING ENGAGEMENTS AND GETTING PUBLISHED
455
Nine Rejections
456
Ultimatum and Success
459
The Magic Ingredient SelfBelief
462
THE DOUBLE BAR
465
THE MUSIC CRITIC
471
Criticizing Critics
472
ChopinLisztand CocaCola
475
The Claudia Cassidy Story
476
Burnout
478
Ancient Heritage
483
In Defense of My Master
484
Performers FirstComposers Second
485
Compassion
486
Music the Integrator
489
Credentials
490
Blunders and Witty Malice
493
Tell me how wonderful I am
497
The God Figure
498
Being There
499
Recommendations
501
Some Pet Gripes and Observations
503
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