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Book Title: Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras|
The author of the book: Tom Service
ISBN 13: 9780571268719
Edition: Faber and Faber Ltd
Date of issue: June 5th 2012
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.74 MB
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My mother is a classical music devotee. Me, not so much, I'm guessing it takes time and maturity to really get into music that requires your full atention and devotion like classical does. You can't just listen to it in the background while writing a Goodreads review.
But anyways, even though I don't know anything about musical technique (I tried, it wasn't for me), I was curious to read this book, to learn about the different styles of conducting the maestro use, even if I could never grasp the whole point about it because I don't know the technique. However, Tom Service (who has a musical background) manages to be detailed with those who know the tecnique but also informative to us laymen.
He followed the different conductors of this book through Europe, listening at rehearsals and concerts, speaking to the conducts and their orquestras to learn how the operate within themselves and the orquestras, to see how the members of the orquestra feel about them as both a person, a maestro and a conductor. And in doing so, Service manages to transmit such emotion just describing what happened during a rehersal or a concert. I was mesmerized, on the edge of tears at some points just reading the way he descibed what was happening. You could feel Service's emotion of being seated in a concert hall listening to a maestro.
Thank you, Tom Service, for piquing my interest.
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