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Charles Munch *SIGNED*

Holoman, Kern D.

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ISBN 10: 0199772703 / ISBN 13: 9780199772704
Published by Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 2012
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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296pp. '1' present in number sequence on copoyright page. Black cloth with brilliant copper lettering on spine; three corners bumped, with ensuing small wrinkles at top and bottom front cover corners and rear left lower corner; top left rear cover corner slightly-to-nil curved (not wrinkled): describes worse than it is (only top right front cover corner of dw shows slight corresponding wrinkles, else no dw wrinkles at corners); else shiny dustwrapper with $35.00 on rear cover near ISBN number; front cover color photo-portrait of Munch, with title lettering in white, over orange background, across upper middle front cover, author name lettering in light yellow over black at lower right corner: Now in mylar which forgives sins graciously. Signed and inscribed by author to previous owner on half-title page, with date and site of signing (Boston). Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005655

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Title: Charles Munch *SIGNED*

Publisher: Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Previous Owner

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

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A mesmerizing figure in concert, Charles Munch was celebrated for his electrifying public performances. He was a pioneer in many arenas of classical music--establishing Berlioz in the canon, perfecting the orchestral work of Debussy and Ravel, and leading the world to Roussel, Honegger, and Dutilleux. A pivotal figure, his accomplishments put him on a par with Arturo Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein.

In Charles Munch, D. Kern Holoman provides the first full biography of this giant of twentieth-century music, tracing his dramatic survival in occupied Paris, his triumphant arrival at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and his later years, when he was a leading cultural figure in the United States, a man known and admired by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. He turned to conducting only in middle age, after two decades as a violinist and concertmaster, a background which gave him special insight into the relationship between conductor and orchestra. At the podium, his bond with his musicians unleashed something in them and in himself. "A certain magic took wing that amounts to the very essence of music in concert," the author writes, as if "public performance loosed the facets of character and artistry and poetry otherwise muffled by his timidity and simple disinclination to say much." In concert, Munch was arresting, even seductive, sweeping his baton in an enormous arch from above his head down to his knee. Yet as Holoman shows, he remained a lonely, even sad figure, a widower with no children, a man who fled admirers and avoided reporters.

With groundbreaking research and sensitive, lyrical writing, Charles Munch penetrates the enigma to capture this elusive musical titan.

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D. Kern Holoman is Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of California, Davis, and conductor emeritus of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. He is the author of Writing About Music, Evenings with the Orchestra, Berlioz, and the popular textbook Masterworks.

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