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A Life in Music

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A LIFE IN MUSIC reviws five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim. A child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonics and operas, Barenhoim has known and worked with many of the most distinguished and exciting musicians of the 20th century, including Rubinstein, Furtwangler, Zubin Meta, Pierre Boulez, Fisher-Diskau, Pablo ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 2003 by Arcade Publishing (first published November 1991)
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Dec 15, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers with a working understanding of music theory
On the first page of his book, Daniel Barenboim makes it abundantly clear that this is NOT an autobiography. Any autobiographical details are purely for illustration of the musical concepts he wants to talk about. So if that's what you're expecting, well... go home. Methinks the pianist doth protest too much. It seems to me that this book is not an autobiography because if it was, Barenboim would have to explain and answer for his appalling treatment of his "first wife," Jacqueline du Pre, when ...more
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Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I thought I'd find this book much more compelling than I did. I am a music aficionado and I know a good deal about many composers and musicians...but it never really captured me. There are good stories here and I can appreciate Barenboim's feelings about much of what he discusses, but it just never captured me.
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

I really loved the last 100 pages of this book and how Daniel Barenboim talks about music in his connection with it in this book.

I couldn’t give it four stars because it was really hard for me to push through all the political aspects, even though I understand why they are important to him. Sometimes he shared very interesting thoughts about Israel, other times it was a little bit boring for me.

So this is an overall very interesting book and I am definitely going to read his other two b
Jan 20, 2012 rated it liked it
wasn't in the mood for it at the time. Will give it another chance some time
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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