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Music Quickens Time Hardcover – November 17, 2008

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Why does music have such universal appeal, and how does music help us understand human nature? In this sometimes electrifying, sometimes pedantic journey through the world of music, world famous director, composer and conductor Barenboim engages these and other questions as he searches to unlock music's peculiar power. In the book's first part, he meditates on topics ranging from sound and thought, listening and hearing through a tale of two Palestinians from different backgrounds (one grew up in a Ramallah refugee camp, the other in Nazareth), in which he chronicles the ways that music changed their lives. He recalls how music bridged the gap of political hatred in the West-Eastern Divan project, an orchestra composed of Israeli and Palestinian musicians that he and the late Edward Said put together. For the young people in this orchestra, music provided the language for continuous dialogue. The book's second section gathers occasional pieces previously published in magazines and newspapers that range over topics from Schumann, Bach and Mozart to Pierre Boulez and Wilhelm Furtwängler. In his tribute to his late friend Edward Said, for example, Barenboim recalls that for Said every musical masterpiece was a conception of the world. Barenboim concludes through these illuminating meditations that the power of music lies in its ability to speak to all aspects of the human being. (Nov.)
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“Whether discussing the structure of a Mozart finale or the problem of performing Wagner to a Jewish audience, Mr. Barenboim proves a wonderfully compelling maestro.”—The Economist

“The writing brims with an optimism that is both heroic and hard-won.”—The New Yorker

“Truly riveting.”—New York Observer

“Electrifying ... Barenboim concludes through these illuminating meditations that the power of music lies in its ability to speak to all aspects of the human being.”—Publishers Weekly

“There is no one quite like him today in the music world.”—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Verso; First Edition edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844672875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844672875
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,697,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As in: The NEW YORK TIMES, dated November 24, 2008 offered an overview of a new book entitled "Music Quickens Time" Verso Books) by Daniel Barenboim. I recently read a book by Daniel Barenboim entitled "Everything is Connected: The Power of Music" (published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson-London). ATTENTION TO SHOPPERS.....these two books are exactly the same book. Don't purchase them twice!!! Although Mr. Barenboim is worth reading twIce, even many times, be cautioned that there is a confusion in the purchasing approaches to this item. There is no musician more impassioned with the gift of music to the world than Daniel Barenboim, and no more committed to peace that music is capable of bringing to all nations and the world. Such maxims as: "when you teach, you learn and when you give, you receive" are entwined in the process, the actions and life of this great individual and superb musician.
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Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim's Music Quickens Time is a philosophical expedition into how people perceive music in their lives. Barenboim's unique multifaceted viewpoint of music stems from his experience and knowledge that has grown through performance, instruction, and contemplation. In his first book, A Life in Music, Barenboim hints at the topics in Music Quickens Time, but it is more of an autobiographical work. In Barenboim's book that he wrote in conjunction with Edward Said, Parallels and Paradoxes, they explored the connection between music and society. Music Quickens Time is the latest work of Barenboim that began when he was invited by Harvard University in 2006 to deliver the Norton lectures. The lectures provided Barenboim with the opportunity to collect his thoughts on music and life and Music Quickens Time is the further development of the topics he spoke on during the Norton lectures.

This text may not ever make it onto the syllabus of a college level course, but it should definitely be recommended to anyone who has a curiosity about the parallels between music and life. Music Quickens Time provokes thought on a level that is often either ignored or altogether unknown. Anyone who has ever questioned the validity of music in school curricula or the value of having a symphony orchestra in their city should definitely consider reading this book.

Barenboim has many thoughts to explore in this text. In order to express himself to the fullest extent, he formatted his book into two parts. Part one is a philosophical exploration of music entitled, "The Power of Music." In concurrence, Part two gives a differing perspective by providing articles, interviews, and reflections upon great figures in music entitled, "Variations.
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Dear prospective readers of `Music Quickens Time',
You are wandering around the myriad of news broadcast and web outlets, on every quarters of our cyberspace, in a quest of the latest literature release that will make your days for the foreseeable future and enrich your personal way of life. If you ended up here on that corner of the web social space it's because you are a cultivated individual, who loves music and values intelligent discourse about it in order to enrich your experience as a listener and/or a practitioner. Many essays were and are written about Music evidently. Another one? Well rather than music per se, this series of assays will give you the great opportunity to get connected with one of our brightest contemporary musician. As a matter of fact, Daniel Barenboim himself bluntly starts his book by asserting that `it is impossible to speak about music'! Indeed. In addition, is-it not somehow ironic that a musician, who argues that music is a powerful media to express ourselves, needs another mean, i.e. literature, to demonstrate his point? Would performing and composing music not be self-sufficient and should it no fulfill the need of a great performer like Daniel Barenboim? Well apparently not, and that's lucky for us. In this series of assays, Daniel Barenboim is like sitting on a divan so to speak, with the obvious need to disclose what is bothering him in our current world and what keeps him awake at night. We, the reader have the great privilege to be part of this analysis and be exposed to this meta-analysis of music and share his passion about it. This `Music Quicken Times' assay is not a treatise of western music.
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I am a lover of classical music and the piano. I am not a musician. Barenboim's explanations applied to specific classical works are interesting, but I don't really understand them. He has excellent chapters giving his insights and opinions on Mozart and Bach. He explains why Mozart is preferable to Brahms and then why such comparisons are not really relevant. More paradox. The book is not as well-written or detailed as I would have preferred, but Mr. Barenboim does a really good job of explaining how music and composers (Mozart) employed paradox is their compositions; e.g., the tragic has touches of comedy and vice versa, heavy and light, etc. If you are a relative novice in music history, this book has appeal. I've listened to Barenboim for years, particularly playing the Mozart piano concertos. It is a nice supplement to listening pleasure.
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