Statement of responsibility: Richard Taruskin
ISBN: 0520249771, 9780520249776
Intended audience: Specialized.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
480 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
A Roth Family Foundation book on music in America
Musical criticism.; Music criticism
- Preface: Against Utopia
- 1. Et in Arcadia Ego; or, I Didn't Know I Was Such a Pessimist until I Wrote This Thing (a talk)
- From the New York Times, mostly
- 2. Only Time Will Cover the Taint
- 3. Nationalism”: Colonialism in Disguise?
- 4. Why Do They All Hate Horowitz?
- 5. Optimism amid the Rubble
- 6. A Survivor from the Teutonic Train Wreck
- 7. Does Nature Call the Tune?
- 8. Two Stabs at the Universe
- 9. In Search of the Good” Hindemith Legacy
- 10. Six Times Six: A Bach Suite Selection
- 11. A Beethoven Season?
- 12. Dispelling the Contagious Wagnerian Mist
- 13. How Talented Composers Become Useless
- 14. Making a Stand against Sterility
- 15. A Sturdy Musical Bridge to the Twenty-first Century
- 16. Calling All Pundits: No More Predictions!
- 17. In The Rake's Progress, Love Conquers (Almost) All
- 18. Markevitch as Icarus
- 19. Let's Rescue Poor Schumann from His Rescuers
- 20. Early Music: Truly Old-Fashioned at Last?
- 21. Bartók and Stravinsky: Odd Couple Reunited?
- 22. Wagner's Antichrist Crashes a Pagan Party
- 23. A Surrealist Composer Comes to the Rescue of Modernism
- 24. Corraling a Herd of Musical Mavericks
- 25. Can We Give Poor Orff a Pass at Last?
- 26. The Danger of Music and the Case for Control
- 27. Ezra Pound: A Slim Sound Claim to Musical Immortality
- 28. Underneath the Dissonance Beat a Brahmsian Heart
- 29. Enter Boris Goudenow, Just 295 Years Late
- For the New Republic, mostly
- 30. The First Modernist
- 31. The Dark Side of the Moon
- 32. Of Kings and Divas
- 33. The Golden Age of Kitsch
- 34. No Ear for Music: The Scary Purity of John Cage
- 35. Sacred Entertainments
- 36. The Poietic Fallacy
- 37. The Musical Mystique: Defending Classical Music against Its Devotees
- From the scholarly press
- 38. Revising Revision
- 39. Back to Whom? Neoclassicism as Ideology
- 40. She Do the Ring in Different Voices
- 41. Stravinsky and Us
- 42. Setting Limits (a talk)
“This is one of the most important books about music you'll read this year. . . . No one has bridged the gap between music scholarship and mainstream media as virtuosically as Taruskin.”
The Guardian||“Very entertaining.”
New York Review Of Books||“A collection of essays by the fearsomely intelligent Berkeley-based musicologist [offering] a passionately engaging perspective.”
The Guardian||“Intellectually generous compendium that merits serious and sustained engagement.”
Classical Music Magazine||“Erudite and passionate . . . there is much within this intellectually generous compendium that merits serious and sustained engagement.”
Classical Music Magazine||“A stimulating book that offers a wide range of topics and ideas.”
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