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GUSTAV MAHLER: A NEW LIFE CUT SHORT

Henry Louis de la Grange (Oxford) April, 2008 Henry-Louis de la Grange’s fourth and final volume in his epic Mahler biography takes a firm, even polemical position on the composer’s American years, and this gives the writing an urgency and thrust that sets it apart from the previous three volumes (a revised and enlarged Volume […]

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CRAFT ON CRAFT: A TIMELY MEMOIR OF A REMARKABLE ARTIST

An Improbable Life: Memoirs by Robert Craft (Vanderbilt University Press) It’s about time that Robert Craft spent some time explaining how he came to be Robert Craft. The importance of what he did during his 30+ years working with Stravinsky, assisting in the genesis and birth of the masterpieces of the great composer’s final decades, […]

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Christoph Wolff: Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

W.W. Norton and Co. (599 pages; Hardcover) Harvard professor and eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff’s new book Bach: The Learned Musician belongs in the library of anyone who enjoys reading musical biography. His compendious knowledge, not just of his subject, but also of Bach’s political, artistic, intellectual, and geographical environment allows him to demystify and […]

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