The Cleveland Orchestra Story: "Second to None"

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Gray & Company, Publishers, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 700 pages
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How did a late-blooming midwestern orchestra rise amid gritty Big Industry to become a titan in the world of Big Art? This groundbreaking book tells the complete story of the people and events that shaped the Cleveland Orchestra into a classical music legend. It taps the most authoritative sources to show how decisions were made along the often bumpy road to artistic and financial success. Told with plenty of anecdotes and intriguing behind-the-scenes details.
 

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This is much more than a history of one of the finest U.S. orchestras from its 1918 birth to the January 2000 reopening of its home, Severance Hall. Rosenberg, classical music critic at the Plain ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
11
Part One Showing Promies 18421933
17
1 Overtures
19
2 Adella
33
3 Big Noise and an Orchestra
43
4 The Lusty Infant
61
5 For Posterity
81
6 Upbeats and Downbeats
91
23 Dreaming Big
329
24 Summer Music
347
25 Musicians and Miracles
361
26 Departure
381
Part Four Unwavering Commitment 19702000
399
27 Discord
401
28 Following a Giant
423
29 Maazel in Charge
437

7 Home Sweet Severance
99
8 Education and Transition
117
Part Two Earning a Reputation 19331946
131
9 A New Level
133
10 Nights at the Opera
145
11 Amazed by Artur
161
12 Recording with Rodzinski
177
13 New York Beckons
185
14 Luckless Leindorf
201
15 Something Fine and Beautiful
223
Part Three Reaching the Top 19461970
235
16 Genius George
237
17 Raves and Raids
243
18 Honing the Instrument
253
19 Orchestra Ascending
269
20 Peak Performance
285
21 Resounding Success
297
22 Artistic Morality
311
30 Image Making
449
31 Roller Coaster
463
32 Longtime Lame Duck
473
33 Christoph von Who?
483
34 Upwards Again
495
35 A Veritable Explosion
507
36 Music Dramas
521
37 Building for the Millennium
537
38 Coda
547
Acknowledgments
551
Photo Credits
553
Notes
555
Bibliography
633
Cleveland Orchestra Personnel 19182000
637
Cleveland Orchestra Recordings 19242000
651
Cleveland Orchestra Premieres
673
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Donald Rosenberg is a classical music critic for The Plain Dealer and vice president of the Music Critics Association of North America. He was formerly music and dance critic of the Akron Beacon Journal and the Pittsburgh Press. His writing has appeared in Symphony Magazine, Opera News, Opera (London), Musical America, and other publications. An accomplished French horn player, he has performed at the prestigious Aspen and Marlboro music festivals. He is a graduate of the Mannes College of Music (Bachelor of Music degree) and the Yale School of Music (Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees). He was born in New York City and lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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