Author(s): John Mauceri
Why is classical music of enduring appeal to hundreds of millions of people from different cultures around the world, and how does this illuminate who we are as human beings? These are the questions explored in John Mauceri's exuberant and uplifting For the Love of Music, crystallizing a lifetime of experience as an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher. Mauceri examines the essence of music, helping us to understand what we hear when we listen: how, by a kind of sonic metaphor, music expresses the deepest recesses of human feeling and emotion; how each piece bears the traces of its history; how classical music becomes a life partner; how the concert experience-unique each and every time-allows us to discover who we are. A protégé and long-time colleague of Leonard Bernstein and an artist who has performed and recorded with the greatest musical institutions of the world, Mauceri is the guide par excellence to the joys of music. Unpretentious, graceful, instructive, this is a book for the aficionado, the novice, and all those looking to have the love of music fired within them. Book jacket.