The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power

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Citadel Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 393 pages
Nearly ten years after its original publication, The Maestro Myth continues to enthrall readers with its insightful look into the lives and careers of the world's most celebrated conductors. Now updated and including two new chapters, this volume portrays the politics and inflated economics surrounding the podiums of today's international classical music scene, and the obstacles faced by blacks, women, and gays. From Richard Strauss to Herbert von Karajan to Leonard Bernstein to Simon Rattle, The Maesto Myth examines the world of classical music and the mounting crisis in a profession where genuine talent grows ever scarcer. It is a must-have resource for music aficiionados as well as anyone interested in the behind-the-scenes lives of these music masters. Book jacket.
 

Contents

The Tears of a Clown
12
Honest Hans and the Magician
30
Masters of the House
43
Facing The Dictators
66
The Karajan Case
98
A Starving Population and an Absentee Aristocracy
131
The Gremlin in the Garden
152
Collapse of the Conducting Composer
175
Left Outside
256
The Search for a SemiConductor
270
Where Have All the Conductors Gone?
284
The Master of Them All?
304
Diminuendo
328
The State of Conducting 2000
331
Conductors and Their Careers
338
Notes
352

Strange Tales from the Vienna Woods
191
Formula Uno
211
The Mavericks
229
Insider Dealing
241
Acknowledgements
367
Source List and Bibliography
369
Index
379
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Norman Lebrecht is the author of nine books on music, including The Maestro Myth and The Companion to Twentieth-Century Music. He lives in London with his family.

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