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Hans Von Bulow: A Life and Times

4.25  ·  Rating Details  ·  8 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Hans von Bulow is a key figure in 19th century music whose career path was as broad as it was successful. Music history's first virtuoso orchestral conductor, Bulow created the model for the profession-both in musical brilliance and in domineering personality-which still holds forth today. He was an eminent and renowned concert pianist, a respected (and often feared) teach ...more
Hardcover, 510 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 20th 2009)
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M.G. Bell
Aug 05, 2015 M.G. Bell rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all serious musical students
Shelves: music
Perhaps it's mean to give only four stars, on the grounds that there is so much detail, fascinating in itself, but which gets in the way of the narrative, especially because Bulow was probably the most honourable of the prominent European musical greats of the mid-19th century, as well as being unfairly eclipsed by more starry characters such as Wagner. His name had figured largely in my musical consciousness for forty years before this spectacular book appeared, while my bookshelf of musical bi ...more
Bill FromPA
Oct 26, 2014 Bill FromPA rated it liked it
Shelves: music, biography
This is the first full biography of this influential musician to appear in English, filling an important gap in the history of late nineteenth century music.

Bulow (1830 – 1894) studied both jurisprudence and music and, after the predictable conflict with his family, bolstered by letters of support from Liszt and Wagner, was able to devote his subsequent life exclusively to music. He studied piano and conducting with Liszt in Weimar and subsequently established himself as a pianist and teacher i
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Boris
Dec 13, 2010 Boris rated it it was amazing
Alan Walker's usual superb musical scholarship and superior writing are enlisted in the only English language biography to date of one of the musical giants of the 19th century. von Bulow was one of the greatest pianists and arguably the greatest conductor of the 19th century as well as the model for all modern conductors who followed.

A must read for all of the devotees of the music and musicians of that era.
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