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A Composer's Notes: Remembering Miklós Rózsa Paperback – September 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 332 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (September 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595414338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595414338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,346,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Dane is a music historian and researcher. A role-model and significant influence on him during his formative years was Leonard Bernstein. He's perceived by some as overly confrontational and thusly a real idealist, and by others as insufficiently engaged and thusly an ideal realist. Both views have merit.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rod Timanus on November 22, 2006
I grew up listening to, and collecting on LP's (remember those?), movie soundtrack music. One of my favorite composers of that time period was Miklos Rozsa. Jeffrey Dane has written a thoroughly enjoyable book, I read in in one day because I just couldn't put it down. Not only is this book a narrative of an extraordinary friendship and an insight into the delightful personality of Rozsa, but Mr. Dane includes many other musical references, anecdotes, and explainations that are sure to keep the reader engrossed and entertained. I highly recommend this book for serious music students and for just plain music lovers in general.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mouchet Guy on January 23, 2007
A very interesting book that relates about a too much unknown art: the film music,

espacially here, in Europe, precisely in France.

The opportunities to get more about Miklos Rozsa are so rare we only could get happy to read this book.

If we have to nominate one: he was the greatest film music composer !

He has been my friend for about ten years, and I have been happy to visit him at his home in 93.

Guy Mouchet - Nantes - France
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By denizli on September 17, 2010
Throughout a long, impressive career, Miklos Rozsa composed some of the finest music for motion pictures. I bought this book in anticipation of finding some perceptive analysis of his music together with some interesting facets to his personality from someone who knew him. Alas Jeffrey Dane's book offers neither. To be fair, Dane does not pretend that his book is anything other than, as he describes it, "a personal recollection" but is that sufficient to engage a general readership? Writing a remembrance in which the writer has sufficient knowledge about the subject to inform the reader is fine but, although Dane describes himself as a friend of Rozsa, there are none of those intimate details or confidences to suggest that Dane had very much more than a casual relationship - although the back cover, with its reference to decades of friendship, suggests otherwise.

The main section of the book contains typed reproductions of around 40 items of correspondence from Rozsa to Dane. These consist of postcards, Christmas cards and letters. Unfortunately, the correspondence is essentially trivial in nature; the majority of which begin by thanking Dane for the receipt of a gift of some kind. Rightly or wrongly, the book comes across as a piece of fan worship, resulting in a book of uncritical adulation which ill-serves the composer, who, in terms of biographical remembrance, surely deserves something better.

The arrangement of the book is all over the place, with occasional detours and separate chapters to discuss other composers which indicate padding more than anything else.
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By Harald Bayer on September 8, 2011
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The author had the privilege of knowing Dr. Rozsa in person, but his recollections cannot be called revealing. Parts of the book were printed earlier in the MRS publication 'Pro Musica Sana', as far as the concert performance is concerned. I have been a great admirer of Rozsa's film and concert works for many years and I believe that a detailed biography would be of general interest, especially because some aspects of the composer's autobiography (A Double Life) leave many questions open. But it should take a man of John Burlingame's knowledge and insight to write such a book.
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