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The Unanswered Question: Six Talks at Harvard (The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures) Paperback – May 15, 1981
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At all levels this is an oustanding contribution to thinking and talking about music. (Composer)
The Bernstein lectures were...performances of great wit, charm, and virtuosity...They should be read, considered, argued with and profited from. (The Music Review)
Explores the nature of the musical experience with incisive brilliance. It is a book that should be read and treasured by anyone--professional, amateur and layman--with an interest in music. (Newsday)
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Beware that although Bernstein tries to put everything in "layman"'s terms, many of the concepts touched upon will be difficult to understand without a rudimentary knowledge of musical notation.
I found this 'book' to be extremely interesting and a unique, welcome perspective on the nature of music. Those of you interested in Bernstein's compositions will get a nice long look at the inner workings of the mind of one of America's greatest composers; and even if his insights as to the answers of the questions he's asking are erroneous, the manner in which he couches said questions is insightful in and of itself, and more than worth the investment.
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A must see for anyone interested in music, music history and theory.Published 11 months ago by Susan S. Youdovin
Eloquently crafted lectures; a must-read for any music lover.Published 12 months ago by Daniel sher
This book is excellent. I have now also seen the recordings of these lectures and am doubly glad to have the book as a transcript.Published on January 31, 2013 by savialeigh
The best book I read throughout my masters!!
It gives a very interesting insight on Music Universals, not to mention shows how beautiful Bernestein's mind was.
This book is a fundamental one to see inside music and spoken language.Isn't a dated book but very actual. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Giuseppe Pinto