Tanglewood: A Group Memoir

4 avg rating
( 2 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781574671674: Tanglewood: A Group Memoir

(Amadeus). The story of Tanglewood the summer home of the Boston Symphony since 1935 as told in first-person accounts by such Tanglewood luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, Erich Leinsdorf, Phyllis Curtin, Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, James Levine, and many of the leading musicians, critics, and music professionals who consider Tanglewood a second home. A "documentary" coffee-table book including letters, speeches, interviews, vintage newspaper articles, and a treasure trove of photographs from the BSO's archvies, woven together by a narrative thread and commented on by the author. Among the dozens of stories included: * Student Lenny Bernstein writes the folks back home about "Koussie" and the "Boiks"; ten years later, conductor Leonard Bernstein inspires the students with his own brand of oratory * Boris Goldovsky reminisces about the glory days of the Tanglewood Opera Department where he discovered Leontyne Price, Sherrill Milnes, and an amazing number of soon-to-become-famous young American singers * Gunther Schuller's 1979 Tanglewood manifesto is the talk of the music world * Oliver Knussen relates how Rostopovich told the Shed audience of the death of Shostakovich after conducting the composer's Fifth Symphony * Seiji Ozawa remembers his student trip to Tanglewood on a Bonanza bus with only a few phrases of English at his command and very few dollars in his pocket * The transformation of Tanglewood under the orchestra's new Music Director, James Levine

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

I love a good headline as much as anyone, and here's a peach from the Associated Press: ''Dowagers Thumb Ride to Symphonic Concert.'' It seems these dowagers were among 3,000 hardy music lovers who, one night in 1942, hitchhiked, walked, or biked to Tanglewood, where Serge Koussevitzky conducted Haydn's Symphony no. 88 and Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony under the August stars. This was during the war. So many events got canceled that year, due to fuel rationing, but not this one. When Koussevitzky took the stage, the Berkshire Eagle reports, he got a''greeting in which vociferousness surpassed record and remembrance.''

Peggy Daniel has loaded all sorts of goodies like this into ''Tanglewood: A Group Memoir.'' It's full of dowagers with pluck, led by Gertrude Robinson Smith, a socially prominent New Yorker who strong-armed all her connections to launch the music festival during the Depression, fanning out ticket subscription teams to recruit at Rotary and Kiwanis meetings, granges and garden clubs. The recruiters touted the joy of music, plus the joy of jobs: The festival would hire local unemployed electricians, carpenters, and others to build the stages and work the events.

This dowager-meets-laborer quality has set the tone of Tanglewood from the onset. It's a place of low-price-ticket rehearsals plus high-society picnics, James Taylor plus Anton Dvorak, classical music chestnuts plus avant-garde offerings. The book trumpets Tanglewood's bolder moments, in fact, like how the festival championed new American composers early on, and how in the 1940s and 50s, it was the ''foremost laboratory for operatic experimentation'' according to the conductor/impresario Boris Goldovsky.

There's also some choice gossip here. The early years contained many catfights with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, it appears, and tales of the vagaries of performing outside. To wit, real thunder and lightning heightened Wagner's ''Ride of the Valkyries,'' and when ''Peter Grimes'' was staged on a broiling day in 1946, stagehands hosed down a tar paper rock just before the tenor ''died'' slowly upon it, not willing to burn himself for art. --Boston Globe

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 29.95
US$ 11.84

Convert Currency

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Daniels, Margaret
Published by Amadeus Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Wormhill Books
(Hereford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. New copy picked straight from printer's packet. New copy. Order before 10am to ensure same (working) day dispatch. Orders will be dispatched by 1st Class post, heavier items by 2nd Class or courier. Standard mail will be dispatched by 2nd Class post or Parcel Force. Overseas orders will be dispatched by priority airmail. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000017025

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.84
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Daniel, Peggy
Published by Amadeus Press
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
ACJBooks
(Staten Island, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1574671677 This is a hardcover book with dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # LA TOP.718

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Peggy Daniel
Published by Hal Leonard Publishers
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hal Leonard Publishers. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 1574671677

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 18.64
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Margaret Daniels
Published by Hal Leonard Corporation, United States (2008)
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Hal Leonard Corporation, United States, 2008. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . This book usually ship within 10-15 business days and we will endeavor to dispatch orders quicker than this where possible. Brand New Book. (Amadeus). The story of Tanglewood the summer home of the Boston Symphony since 1935 as told in first-person accounts by such Tanglewood luminaries as Leonard Bernstein, Serge Koussevitzky, Aaron Copland, Erich Leinsdorf, Phyllis Curtin, Seiji Ozawa, Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, John Harbison, James Levine, and many of the leading musicians, critics, and music professionals who consider Tanglewood a second home. A documentary coffee-table book including letters, speeches, interviews, vintage newspaper articles, and a treasure trove of photographs from the BSO s archvies, woven together by a narrative thread and commented on by the author. Among the dozens of stories included: * Student Lenny Bernstein writes the folks back home about Koussie and the Boiks ; ten years later, conductor Leonard Bernstein inspires the students with his own brand of oratory * Boris Goldovsky reminisces about the glory days of the Tanglewood Opera Department where he discovered Leontyne Price, Sherrill Milnes, and an amazing number of soon-to-become-famous young American singers * Gunther Schuller s 1979 Tanglewood manifesto is the talk of the music world * Oliver Knussen relates how Rostopovich told the Shed audience of the death of Shostakovich after conducting the composer s Fifth Symphony * Seiji Ozawa remembers his student trip to Tanglewood on a Bonanza bus with only a few phrases of English at his command and very few dollars in his pocket * The transformation of Tanglewood under the orchestra s new Music Director, James Levine. Bookseller Inventory # BTE9781574671674

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 26.11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Peggy Daniel
Published by Amadeus Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1574671677

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 27.52
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Peggy Daniel
Published by Amadeus Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1574671677

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 28.13
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Peggy Daniel
Published by Amadeus Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111574671677

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 40.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Daniel, Peggy
Published by Amadeus Press
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Mi Lybro
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1574671677. Bookseller Inventory # 01.HAL9781574671674

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 41.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Daniels, Margaret
Published by Amadeus Pr (2008)
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Pr, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. illustrated edition. 258 pages. 10.00x8.25x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1574671677

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Daniel, Peggy
Published by Amadeus Press
ISBN 10: 1574671677 ISBN 13: 9781574671674
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Amadeus Press. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1574671677 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0677717

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 59.99
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book