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May 14, 2015 05:35PM
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A wonderful book for classical music fans and historians. A pretty good book for anyone who likes music or is interested in the 20th century.
Jun 09, 2015 05:39PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 435 of 640
I recognize the names of Auden and Isherwood. I guess my junior year Literature class in high school was worth it after all.
May 27, 2015 07:11PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 412 of 640
Been a while since I updated, and we've traveled so far in this book. Our rear view mirror shows Hitler's rise and fall, the composers who survived and those who didn't, and the struggle to exist in a world where definitive opinions guide us more than does tolerance of something we don't understand. At least Kennedy let the government care about the arts again.
May 26, 2015 06:09PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 271 of 640
I've said many times that we have to be responsible for the things we put into the world. Our actions are the flesh and bones of society. That's easy for me to say, never having to choose between my principles and my life. Dictatorships are horrifying, and I should spend less time railing about my principles and more time helping us stay connected to one another.
May 18, 2015 03:34PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 243 of 640
I don't know nearly enough about Soviet-era Russian history.
May 15, 2015 06:16PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 200 of 640
I should read more about the Weimar Republic. Ross treats it fairly, saying, "Berlin was a city of possibilities, of myriad outcomes, glowing with promise as well as threat." Hitler's rise to power was not inevitable. Nothing is. How interesting, though, to view the vile elements lurking under the democratic surface through the composer's lens. (And a warning to countries with a powerless moderate voter bloc!)
May 13, 2015 03:51PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 178 of 640
Jean Seibelius is an artist that reflects how I see myself: with doubt, scorn, but also exaggerated praise. Simultaneously feeling like the greatest but also like one's work is wholly disappointing, it is a curse. Then to be dismissed because he is from a country small in size and influence? We do ourselves and those who listen to us a disservice when we write something off. Everything matters, if only a bit.
May 12, 2015 04:20PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 123 of 640
Music is made by people living in a real period of time. The racism and white supremacy of the '20s affected composers who adopted jazz styles into their creations and listeners who venerated the 'pure' German masters Beethoven and Wagner. But in chapter 4, Ross gives time to the neglected composer - which, it appears, is all Americans but especially black composers. Representation matters...find it in jazz clubs.
May 07, 2015 06:53PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 99 of 640
It's difficult to read about music you've never heard. As Ross discusses "The Rite of Spring," I struggle to fully comprehend the descriptions. But Ross' skill is in contextualizing the music. These pieces did not spring from the ether fully formed. They were created by human beings who were listening and reacting to other human beings. And some of those human beings were involved in the devastating Great War.
May 06, 2015 03:50PM
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Paul
Paul is on page 85 of 640
The artist versus what's popular. Why do so many of us rebel against what others adore? Is there truly anything to gain by striking out against everyday music? And I'm surprised by how violent music fans were back then when hearing classical music. Maybe people just like to fight each other. With mentions of World War I, this book is making me think that might be the case.
May 05, 2015 07:07PM
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