Tanglewood: A Group Memoir

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2008 - Music - 240 pages
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(Amadeus). The story of Tanglewood the summer home of the Boston Symphony since 1935 as told in first-person accounts by such Tanglewood luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, Erich Leinsdorf, Phyllis Curtin, Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, James Levine, and many of the leading musicians, critics, and music professionals who consider Tanglewood a second home. A "documentary" coffee-table book including letters, speeches, interviews, vintage newspaper articles, and a treasure trove of photographs from the BSO's archvies, woven together by a narrative thread and commented on by the author. Among the dozens of stories included: * Student Lenny Bernstein writes the folks back home about "Koussie" and the "Boiks"; ten years later, conductor Leonard Bernstein inspires the students with his own brand of oratory * Boris Goldovsky reminisces about the glory days of the Tanglewood Opera Department where he discovered Leontyne Price, Sherrill Milnes, and an amazing number of soon-to-become-famous young American singers * Gunther Schuller's 1979 Tanglewood manifesto is the talk of the music world * Oliver Knussen relates how Rostopovich told the Shed audience of the death of Shostakovich after conducting the composer's Fifth Symphony * Seiji Ozawa remembers his student trip to Tanglewood on a Bonanza bus with only a few phrases of English at his command and very few dollars in his pocket * The transformation of Tanglewood under the orchestra's new Music Director, James Levine
 

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Contents

Koussevitzkys Dream
21
Tanglewood Goes to War
47
The Happiest Summer of My Life
69
Boris Goldovsky and the Opera Department
91
Transitions
109
The Leinsdorf Era
119
Wild New Sounds
135
Singing at Tanglewood
149
Behind the Scenes at Tanglewood
163
Seiji
183
The New Era at Tanglewood
221
Acknowledgments
229
Selected Bibliography 241
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