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  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439257744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439257746
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Frederick E. Harris, Jr., is music director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Wind Ensemble and Festival Jazz Ensemble. He has recorded for the Innova, Albany, and Half Note labels. Dr. Harris’ first book, Conducting with Feeling, was published by Meredith Music in 2001. He lives on Cape Cod with his ornithologist and artist wife, Becky, and their daughter, Abbie.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By avidrdr on October 13, 2011
A comprehensive story of the life of an extraordinary man: composer, conductor and survivor. A child prodigy, the survivor of WWII in Poland under Nazi and Russian occupations, creator of classical music with the world's most famous musicians, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski's life is a fascinating tale not just for music lovers, but for anyone who enjoys a good read. This is an enlightening view of what life was like in WWII Poland as well as the challenge of beginning a new life in post-war USA as conductor of the Minneapolis Symphony. Very worthwhile!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr J D Park on August 12, 2012
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For seven years from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s we were fortunate to have Stanislaw Skrowaczewski as Principal Conductor of the Halle orchestra here in Manchester, UK. He had been a guest conductor for a few years prior to his appointment, which reflected the orchestra's preference from among a very short list. During his tenure the artistic standards, never really a weakness, reached heights that equalled or, some would say, surpassed Sir John Barbirolli at his best. Skrowaczewski stretched the orchestra, not only in terms of performance of contemporary music (not a recognised strength of the Halle) but also in his individual and powerful interpretations of the 19th and early 20th century repertoire. In particular he opened up to his audiences new depths in the music of Mahler and Bruckner. He is undoubtedly among the greatest conductors of recent times, though he avoided the limelight personally, preferring to focus entirely on the power of the music itself.

This extensive review of the long life of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, from Poland via Paris to Minneapolis, Manchester and Tokyo, is the result of long and painstaking research by Dr Frederick Harris. It will give readers a truly deep perspective of the underlying character of this fine musician, whose approach to all that he performed always showed devotion and personal commitment to the composer. It is highly commended.

Dr J D Park
Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Alps on June 7, 2012
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Frederick Edward Harris, Jr. has performed a great service in bringing the story and the life of Stanislaw Skrowaczewski to print. The book is quite long, 515 fairly dense pages not counting Postscript, Appendices, Endnotes, bibliography, and index. It is divided into 36 easily digested chapters. I am very impressed with the care taken in the preparation of the book. I did not notice a single typo. As far as I can tell, the author was his own editor. I found the writing to be very engaging and there was no point that boredom set in and I wanted to skip ahead to the next more interesting part. The book is very interesting to me as I have collected classical orchestral recordings for over 40 years and am interested in the different orchestras that Skrowaczewski has conducted. I also owned the set of Bruckner symphonies conducted by Skrowaczewski prior to reading the book. As I went through the book, I was motivated to get many other Skrowaczewski recordings, including recordings of works he composed. This has been a revelation to me. In the book, many musicians try to explain what it is that makes Skrowaczewski so great as a conductor, and frequently it ends with an admission that it is impossible to describe. That is pretty much true for me, but I find his "interpretations" to be natural or unforced and always engaging. I am invariably drawn into the work when I listen to one of his recordings. I think that Mr. Harris has achieved a similar quality in his book. It seems straightforward, natural, and honest, but there is something beyond all of that which makes the book particularly enjoyable. Bravo, Mr. Harris.
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