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The Infinite Variety of Music

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With style, wit, and expertise, Leonard Bernstein shares his love and appreciation for music in all its varied forms in The Infinite Variety of Music, illuminating the deep pleasure and sometimes subtle beauty it offers. He begins with an "imaginary conversation" with George Washington entitled "The Muzak Muse " in which he argues the values of actively listening to music ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (first published January 1st 1966)
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Brian
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I was a kid, somehow I ended up with an extremely worn and old paperback copy of Bernstein's "The Joy of Music." I loved it. I read it over and over again...finally, someone talking to ME (a child) about music!

Despite the fact that this very copy still resides on our bookshelves at home, I kind of forgot about it for years and years.

I read a little blurb recently in Newsweek about recommended books by Alex Ross, the New Yorker magazine music critic and Pulitzer nominee. He listed "Infinite
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Yoshiyuki
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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F sharp is F sharp; it doesn't mean anything. It's not like a word. It's not like the word bread, which means something to everyone, no matter how it's used in a poem. F sharp is, as you know of it, the shapest among all tonality in music, and this is the same regardless either in Soviet Union or in the USA. Vladimir Horowitz closed his life in rather F sharp manner in Wagner's Liebestod in Tristan und Isolde, which is written in B major. But, the last arpeggio chord Horowitz plays is F sharp no ...more
Brian
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really great insight into the direction of music in the mid-20th century. Enjoyable writing style, if a bit pompous at times!
Lisa
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I do not have a very good aural memory which impeded my thoroughly enjoying this book. The book was written from a series of music programmes that Bernstein narrated. He played bits of the music as he analyzed bits of it. Without the music the book is lacking, unless one has a good aural memory. I learned some more about music in general by reading this. My music education is seriously lacking! I am going to try to find the pieces he analyzes and read the book while listening at a later time. Be ...more
Billy
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bernstein was such a lovable geek. Wish there was an audio or video to go with this readily available on the internet.
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Leonard Bernstein was an American conductor, composer, author, music lecturer and pianist. He was the first conductor born and educated in the United States of America to receive world-wide acclaim. He is perhaps best known for his long conducting relationship with the New York Philharmonic, which included the acclaimed Young People's Concerts series, and his compositions including West Side Story ...more

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