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Music as Alchemy - by Tom Service (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: General

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Age Range: Adult

Author: Tom Service

Language: English

TCIN: 52866203
UPC: 9780571240487
Item Number (DPCI): 248-34-1075

Description

How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant, but belligerent musicians? The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians and music-lovers for centuries. Orchestras can be inspired to the heights of musical and expressive possibility by their maestros, or flabbergasted that someone who doesn't even make a sound should be elevated to demigod-like status by the public.

This is the first book to go inside the rehearsal rooms of some of the most inspirational orchestral partnerships in the world - how Simon Rattle works at the Berlin Philharmonic, how Mariss Jansons deals with the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and how Claudio Abbado creates the world's most luxurious pick-up band every year with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. From London to Budapest, Bamberg to Vienna, great orchestral concerts are recreated as a collection of countless human and musical stories.

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