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The Symphony: A Listener's Guide Paperback – December 10, 1998
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Steinberg has the rare talent of writing about music in prose as precise and informed as it is imaginative and informal. He opens our ears to music that so often passes as background noise that we've nearly forgotten how to listen to it. Here, for example, is a stunning passage about the slow movement of Haydn's Symphony no. 102 in B flat:
"For the Adagio, Haydn borrows a movement from the Piano Trio in F-sharp minor he had written earlier that year...The actual sound of the movement is the most remarkable that Haydn ever imagined. Trumpets and drums are muted, a solo cello injects its gently penetrating timbre into the middle of the texture, and just before the end, the two trumpets in their lowest register contribute a sound so extraordinary (literally) that it still tends to frighten conductors, many of whom remove it."
A lifetime's worth of listening, learning, and writing have been distilled into this book, and gems of observation are on nearly every page. Try Steinberg on the question of Nowak vs.Read more ›
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This is a classic book by one of the best music critics -- ever. If you're a symphony fan, or want to be, this is the one book you should have.Published 13 months ago by S. V. Pollack (shepsl)
Michael Steinberg’s The Symphony is a useful companion for both beginning and experienced listeners. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Philippe Vandenbroeck
One of the only books I've kept since graduation. Very interesting to read - and easy to "skim" if necessary. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Natalie
The late Michael Steinberg wrote the best and most thorough notes ever written on the Symphony. Many of the great orchestras of the world often relied on his work to include as... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Richard N SNYDER
Good and easy to read review. I bought it as I try to update my understanding of Mahler, especially with the new or renewed interest. Read morePublished on December 5, 2011 by Richard Scott
After reading this book, I made a long playlist of every recording I had of any piece the author mentioned. What an incredible journey through the sound of the symphony orchestra. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by stravingus
When I first opened this book, it began with symphony number 1 of Beethoven. And "go to beginning of book" in the index menu brings me to the same point. Read morePublished on August 2, 2009 by Olivia Shaffer
Since the glories of this book have already been trumpeted enough, I'll just suggest some great works that I think merit inclusion when Mr.Steinberg gets around to revising. Read morePublished on March 1, 2007 by Samuel Stephens