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Author Barzun, Jacques, 1907-2012.

Title Critical questions on music and letters, culture and biography, 1940-1980 / Jacques Barzun ; selected, edited and introduced by Bea Friedland.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [1982]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780 BARZ    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvii, 269 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Musical Life -- 1 Music into Words 3 -- 2 Indispensable Amateur 30 -- 3 Passing of a Free Spirit: Erich Kleiber 39 -- 4 Playwright as Critic--of Music 48 -- 5 Men, Women, and Pianos 53 -- 6 Toward New Musics -- 7 Life of Stendhal-Rossini 72 -- 8 Meaning of Meaning in Music 75 -- Berlioz -- 9 Berlioz after a Hundred Years 101 -- 10 Benvenuto Cellini in Wembley 115 -- 11 Postman Rang Thrice 120 -- 12 Berlioz and the Bard 123 -- 13 Sketch of the Artist as Musician 132 -- 14 Berlioz Style 136 -- 15 Misbehavior of Lelio 142 -- 16 Romeo and Juliet in Music 148 -- Culture and History -- 17 Romanticism: Definition of an Age 159 -- 18 Liberalism and the Religion of Art 169 -- 19 Truth in Biography: Leonardo and Freud 183 -- 20 Delacroix: Sketch of the Artist in Words 193 -- 21 Biography and Criticism: A Misalliance? 198 -- 22 Let the Artists Decide: An Interview 221 -- 23 Case for Cultural History 230 -- 24 Philosophy and the Arts 250.
Summary Jacques Barzun has played a prominent role in the academic community and in the larger world of arts and letters for the past forty years. He has made numerous contributions to cultural history and to musicology in particular. To choose but one example of his influence, his pathbreaking study of Berlioz led to a reevaluation by contemporary musicians of this central figure of the Romantic era. It also led to a new sort of musical biography.
The present writings allow the reader a rare opportunity to see this lively, engaging, rich, and original mind at work in several strategic areas of cultural inquiry: music and the musical life, esthetics, biography, criticism, and social commentary. Barzun makes use of a variety of contexts as a forum for evidence and opinion, including essays, program notes, letters, and reviews. And he approaches a wide variety of particular and general questions. What is it like to sit in on a recording session with a great orchestra? What is the role of the piano in Western culture? What is art in relation to objective reality and to the perceiving mind? Can one translate music into words? What is cultural history?
Other author Friedland, Bea.
Subject Berlioz, Hector, 1803-1869.
ISBN 0226038637