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Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  238 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
These free-wheeling, often exhilarating dialogues—which grew out of the acclaimed Carnegie Hall Talks—are an exchange between two of the most prominent figures in contemporary culture: Daniel Barenboim, internationally renowned conductor and pianist, and Edward W. Said, eminent literary critic and impassioned commentator on the Middle East. Barenboim is an Argentinian-Isra ...more
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Published March 9th 2004 by Vintage (first published October 1st 2002)
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Πολύ δυνατό ανάγνωσμα. Η ευρύτητα του πνεύματος και το βάθος της αναλυτικής σκέψης, στοιχεία που ήταν γνωστά όσον αφορά τον Έντουαρντ Σαΐντ, γίνεται σαφές πως διακατέχουν και τον έτερο συνομιλητή, τον Ντάνιελ Μπάρενµποϊµ. Το αποτέλεσμα αυτής της μίξης είναι απολαυστικό. Περιττό να συμπληρώσω ότι το βιβλίο αποτελεί αφορμή για χιλιάδες σκέψεις. Προσωπικά, έχω μείνει ενεός από τον τρόπο που ο μαέστρος προσεγγίζει φλέγοντα ζητήματα, όπως τον εκπατρισμό των αυτοχθόνων πληθυσμών της περιοχής της Παλαι ...more
Lynn Wilson
Jan 31, 2010 Lynn Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book about cultural differences, "home" and the healing power of music to bring all of us together. A dialogue between two men with great minds.
I picked this up because I've long admired Edward Said and didn't realize he had interest or expertise in music. But perhaps I'm not enough of a musician to appreciate the details--it seemed a rather self-indulgent and meandering series of conversations esp since they weren't presented in chronological order. The discussions of music making were abstract and almost mystical rather than describing the practical details of performing and interpreting music I would expect from a soloist and conduct ...more
May 08, 2015 Abdulslam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب جميل للمهتم في الموسيقى وفهمها من الناحية النقدية، حديث إدوارد سعيد دائما مثير للإهتمام بالنسبة لي مهما كان الموضوع، تغاضى عن فكرة تحقيق السلام بالشرق الأولى بالموسيقى فهي بالنهاية فكرة جانبية في الحوار بين إدوارد ودانيال، التكاملية بين الإثنين هي ماجعلت الحوار متنوع المفاهيم، إدوارد يتحدث عنها كناقد واستاذ للأدب والفنون، بينما دانيال كموسيقي بحت، لذلك نجده يتكلم احيانا عنها تقنيا اكثر منها كحالة تحليلية مجازية كما هو الحال عند إدوارد.

إدوارد سعيد:
في الأدب الكلمات مشتركة للجميع. الجميع يستخ
Mar 10, 2012 Bliss rated it it was amazing
A collection of deeply thoughtful, provocative conversations between Barenboim and Said. I suspect I will be returning to this now and then for years to come.
Aya Mtoori
يمكن للموسيقى أن تكون أفضل مدرسة لمواجهة الحياة وبنفس الوقت أفضل وسيلة للهرب منها.

يفتتح آرا غوزيمليان الكتاب بذكر خلفية مقتضبة عن حياة كل من إدوارد سعيد الناقد الأدبي البارز والعالم الأخصائي والقيادي حول الشرق الأوسط ودانيال بارنبويم مدير الشؤون الموسيقية لأوركسترا شيكاغو السيمفونية ودار الأوبرا الألمانية، وتجربتهم الجريئة التي جمعت موسيقيين اسرائيليين وعرب في ڤايمار في المانيا كجزء من الاحتفال السنوي بالذكرى المئتين وخمسين لميلاد غوته.
إدوارد "لا أعتقد إن عملية انقاذ السلام كانت هدفنا الرئيسي، ك
Aug 07, 2007 Lauren rated it it was amazing
***Finally finished the book!! Was a wonderful read. Definitely worth the work to get through it, but it also was so intellectually stimulating that I feel like I am still on a learning "high", two days after finishing it. It is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it for anyone that wants to see the parallels and paradoxes between music, society, religion, and culture.***

**UPDATE** - Putting this book back on my Currently Reading List, because I have recently picked it back up again, and i
Rana Aref
Dec 28, 2011 Rana Aref rated it it was amazing
Awesome dialogues between two of the world's most remarkable people. The translated version in Arabic was not so good, though. Planning to re-read it in English once I find it.
Jordan Kinsey
Aug 19, 2015 Jordan Kinsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"But I think that every great work of art has two faces: one toward its own time and one toward eternity. In other words, there are certain aspects of a Mozart symphony or a Mozart opera that are clearly linked to their time and have no relevance today. The droit du seigneur of the count in Figaro is so totally time-bound. But there is something that is timeless about this music, and that aspect of it has to be performed with a sense of discovery." -Daniel Barenboim

"There is a contradiction in t
Patrick Johns
Sep 23, 2010 Patrick Johns rated it really liked it
Shelves: music
I found this easier to read than Music Quickens Time (essays by Barenboim). Although in this one I found the Daniel Barenboim sections more interesting than those by Edward Said - maybe because DB has a deeper understanding and wider experience of music than ES.

Reading DB's thoughts, ideas, and exeperiences on conducting Wagner at Bayreuth, Beethoven Symphonies, and German Orchestras was fascinating. I was particularly interested that he singles out the Staatskapelle Berlin as a special orchest
Apr 04, 2008 Ruth rated it liked it
I loved reading (I want to say listening b/c it felt like listening) to the conversations between these 2 guys. They are so interestingly matched in their perspectives: one guy is a writer and thinks about things in terms of literature; one guy is a musician/composer and thinks about things in terms of music; one guy is an Israeli Jew and the other is a Palestinian. And they talk about this broad range of topics that are just humanly interesting: parallels between the different arts, the role of ...more
Jan 09, 2013 Wei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Definitely worth reading if you are a fan of classical music or literary criticism (I am more of the former). Though due to limitation of the format (an unchronological juxtaposition of six dialogues), I feel that a lot of ideas and motives could have been developed further and more systematically. Particularly interesting is the "parallels and paradoxes" between the two participants of the dialogues. EWS provided a more abstract and academic perspective and DB echoed, and in a lot of cases, dis ...more
Jul 19, 2016 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Busoni said, says Barenboim on one of his last pages: 'Music is sonorous sound.'
The could have left it at this. They, Barenboim and Said, didn’t. Said tries to bring the conversations to a higher abstract level by attempting to make connections between music on the one hand, the chapter Barenboim ‘conducts’ concretely, and other art forms and society as a whole on the other hand, the complementary parts where Said stays in all kinds of vagueness.
I am glad that Barenboim didn’t let Said seduce hi
Mar 22, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Edward Said's brilliance compared with Barenboim's experience lead to a book full of fresh philosophical, musical, and idealogical insights into what music is, isn't, and what makes it the powerful phenomenon that moves us. I have been involved with music for sixteen years now, and reading this book brought new insights to my attention and revolutionized the way I saw music in many regards. This book was definitely a worthwhile read, and I plan on returning to it again and aga ...more
Beyzanur KUDAL
Dec 05, 2014 Beyzanur KUDAL rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitap gerçekten bende büyük derin izler bıraktı.Çünkü 2.dünya savaşında her ne olursa olsun ne kadar dünyada barış olmasa bile bu kitapta müzikle barış sağlanmaya çalışılmış.Bunu her ülkeden farklı çalgıcıları toplayarak orkestra kurmuşlardır.Ve müzik hakkında çok derin şeylerden bahsetmişler kitap gerçekten bana çok şeyler kattı.Gerçekten herkesin okuması gerekli bu kitabı çünkü insana çok şeyler katabilen ve insanı derinden etkileyen bir kitaptır.
Dec 08, 2015 Kriegslok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Transcriptions of intellectual debate and ramblings between great minds on the subject of music and society. Some fascinating philosophical discussion (some of which left me feeling very inadequate and non the wiser but enough in it to keep my mind interested and challenged by interesting approaches to questions I'd either never asked or thought I knoew the answers to.
Mira Tabsh
Mar 20, 2016 Mira Tabsh rated it it was ok
The book approaches music from its philosophical perspective, which was somehow difficult for me to comprehend. Nonetheless, I managed to read it all and learned many interesting facts specially about Wagner, a topic that I find substantial.
Batuğhan Çakmak
Müzik insanı insan olma yolunda en çok etkileyen unsurdur. Müziğin önemini daha iyi anlamama yardımcı olan bir kitap. Kısacası müzik olan yerde birlik ,beraberlik , bütünlük, ulusalcılık ön planda olur.
Nov 28, 2015 Wackedout rated it it was amazing
Beautifully insightful and thought-provoking conversations which allowed a glimpse into the minds of two great artists and intellectuals. Highly recommended.
Beyzanur Kudal
Nov 20, 2014 Beyzanur Kudal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kitabın adı:paralellikler ve paradokslar
kitabın yazarı:EDWARD SAID
ISBN:9944 916 24 2
Dec 27, 2013 Siqi rated it really liked it
Their conversations show clearly how much more brilliant, interesting and modest the classical musician is than the intellectual. I feel sorry for my profession now...
Bassel Damra
Aug 11, 2014 Bassel Damra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
مجموعة حوارات عبارة عن قيء متكرر و قرف أدبي و تطبيع دنيء في اطار ما يسمى بالسلام ! حتى الموسيقى لا تصنع السلام مع قتلة الأطفال يا سيد ادوارد !!
لم أستطع حتى على اكمال هذه القدر الكبير من الدناءة
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Daniel Barenboim is an Argentine pianist and conductor. Currently, he is general music director of La Scala in Milan, the Berlin State Opera, and the Staatskapelle Berlin; he previously served as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris. Barenboim is also known for his work with the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra, a Seville-based orchestra of young Arab and Israeli ...more
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“Every great work of art has two faces: one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.” 11 likes
“But, on the other hand, the study of music is one of the best ways to learn about human nature. This is why I am so sad about music education being practically nonexistent today in schools. Education means preparing children for adult life; teaching them how to behave and what kinds of human beings they want to be. Everything else is information and can be learned in a very simple way. To play music well you need to strike a balance between your head, your heart, and your stomach. And if one of the three is not there or is there in too strong a dose, you cannot use it. What better way than music to show a child how to be human?” 3 likes
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