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For the Love of Music: Invitations to Listening

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The power of music, the way it works on the mind and heart, remains an enticing mystery. Now two noted writers on classical music, Michael Steinberg and Larry Rothe, explore the allure of this melodious art--not in the clinical terms of social scientists--but through stories drawn from their own experience.
In For the Love of Music, Steinberg and Rothe draw on a lifetime
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Published May 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2006)
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Kevin Symmons
As a former music student and musician, I enjoyed this book tremendously. More than dissecting many of the world's more well-know pieces--something that would have been beyond my knowledge--it offered interesting and previously unknown insights I would never have known... including anecdotal material about performance(s). It does require an interest in serious (often mislabeled classical) music not known to many. Therefore if your interest in symphonies, operas, etc is just a passing thing I wou ...more
This is not a book to necessarily read cover to cover. It is more of a reference book for when you want to move on and discover a new composer or artist. This provides an intelligent and interesting summary of many composers and highlights especially good compositions. Already have learned quite a lot when I thought I knew quite a lot already.
I found this book so fascinating. It was an introduction to the world of Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, Mahler, and all those other greats who wrote great music. It gave me a different view of them all, and made me want to go back and listen to more classical music.
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Michael Steinberg was an American music critic and musicologist closely associated with the San Francisco Symphony.
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