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Facing the Music

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A collection of the finest pieces Harold Schonberg wrote in more than two decades as senior music critic of the New York Times, with sections on criticism, performance practice, contemporary music, opera, singers and singing, piano, conductors.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 1st 1981 by Summit Books (first published 1981)
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I loved this. It sums up Schonberg's life work with essays on a broad range of subjects that mostly run the length of his stay as music critic for The New York Times. Schonberg's writing, as always, was clear and concise. It could have become dull, but he was too passionate about his subject for that to happen.

It's so interesting to compare Schonberg and Bernstein. They both sought to educate the public, but with very different approaches. Bernstein met the listener where they were, and Schonber
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Harold Charles Schonberg was an American music critic and journalist, most notably for The New York Times. He was the first music critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism (1971). He was the author of a number of books on musical subjects, and also one on chess.
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