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Alexander Zemlinsky: A Lyric Symphony Hardcover – August 19, 2010

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Who is Alexander Zemlinsky? Few Classical music aficionados know much about this often overlooked Viennese composer. (A) wrong which (...) Marc Moskovitz hopes to right with his splendid biography Alexander Zemlinsky: A Lyric Symphony. Moskovitz lays down the narrative of Zemlinsky's life in prose that is clear, direct, and engaging. He expertly describes Zemlinsky's music, from the Brahmsian Clarinet Trio (...) the Lyric Symphony. Like any capable biographer, Moskovitz ties in political history. --Quarter Notes Readers interested in the history of modern conducting, Austrian and German musical culture in the first half of the 20th century, musical modernism, and the relationship between modernism and Nazism will find this book especially useful. Recommended. --Choice --Various

(A) painstaking and generally elegant written monograph. --Musical Times

(B)oth readable and authoritative, filling out the background in ways which even readers familiar with the many available histories of Viennese culture around and after 1900 and with more elaborate accounts of European politics and warfare between 1914 and 1945 should find fresh and engaging. ... Moskovitz doesn't idealise his hero's character and gives... a sense... of the strengths and weaknesses of someone so close to many high modernism's most active and challenging personalities. His use of unpublished letters from Zemlinsky to Alma Mahler, and of Zemlinsky's second wife Louise... provides additional colour and content. ... (Moskovitz's) book leaves us in no doubt of just how complex and how crucial Zemlinsky's personal and professional relations were. --Gramophone

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MARC D. MOSKOVITZ is principal cellist of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, Ohio and has written for various music journals and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Boydell Press (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843835789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843835783
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,135,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zemlinsky's music is still ridiculously neglected, and because he was not a self promoter, details of his life are not readily available. This biography does an excellent job of both presenting the facts and placing them in the broader cultural and historical contexts. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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