First Printing. A NEAR FINE, bright, clean, tight copy sans rips/tears, stains, flecks, markings or discoloration. Inked name (presumed to be that of original owner!?) on half-title page. PROFUSELY ILLUSTRATED in full color and black-and-white photography with most full-page. "Symphony," which includes an introduction by Gehry, traces the history of the Concert Hall from its inception through completion in four illuminating essays and stunning photographs by acclaimed architectural photographer Grant Mudford. Authors Richard Koshalek and Dana Hutt describe the dramatic journey beginning with an unprecedented gift of $50 million in 1988 from the late Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, for a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to final construction of the building." 176 pages. NOTE: Due to the size and weight of the book additional shipping cost will be requested/required for EXPEDITED and OUT-OF-U.S. shipment. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 009868
Synopsis: Symphony, which includes an introduction by Gehry, traces the history of the Concert Hall from its inception through completion in four illuminating essays and stunning photographs by acclaimed architectural photographer Grant Mudford. Authors Richard Koshalek and Dana Hutt describe the dramatic journey beginning with an unprecedented gift of $50 million in 1988 from the late Lillian Disney, widow of Walt Disney, for a new home for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to final construction of the building. Carol McMichael Reese explores the planning of the Concert Hall in relation to a century of efforts to make Downtown Los Angeles the economic and cultural hub of the city. Architecture critic and writer Michael Webb eloquently describes the artistry and complex engineering of this unique structure. And Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, recounts his first impressions of Gehry and the architectural models for the new building in an essay that also defines what makes a great orchestra and a world-class concert hall.
Attracting visitors from around the world, Walt Disney Concert Hall is one of the most important and innovative buildings of recent years. Symphony brings its story to all those interested in modern architecture and the vitality of classical music.
Review: Frank Gehry has called Walt Disney Concert Hall a "living room" for the city of Los Angeles. Opened in Fall 2003 to rapturous praise, the hall beckons all comers with a billowing steel facade gleaming in the sunlight. Nearly 100 stunning color photographs and four concise, engaging essays by notable, mostly L.A.-based contributors make Symphony: Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall the ideal overview of this major civic and cultural landmark. Significant architectural, acoustical, urban design and civic leadership angles are all covered, including the checkered history of the project, stalled for years due to a ballooning budget, a complex decision-making process and a misguided attempt to relegate Gehry to a consulting role. In the end, as Michael Webb points out, the lag time proved valuable to Gehry, coinciding with his mastery of a new architectural language that he first explored in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The book is full of intriguing details. For example, the acoustical scheme developed by Dr. Minoru Nagata relies in part on a surprising discovery he made—-that the quality of sound in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, long attributed to the resonant wood walls, was really due to the four inches of plaster underneath. The most ambitious chapter is Carol McMichael Reese's discussion of the hall's role in the long-term rehabilitation of downtown Los Angeles. For all its scrupulous detail and balanced assessments, however, she fails to give an eye-level view of the gritty texture of downtown Los Angeles and how alien it still is to the average symphony patron. The book concludes with an essay by Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, who notes the appropriateness of visionary design to the modern symphonic repertoire he champions. —Cathy Curtis
Title: Symphony: Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert ...
Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc
Publication Date: 2003
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First Edition.
Book Description Harry N Abrams, New York, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First edition. Hardcover in dust jacket. Square 4to. First printing. Fine condition. A luscious presentation of photos and essays. Contributors include Richard Koshalek, Dana Hutt, Carol McMichael Reese, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Grant Mudford took the photos, during construction of the hall through to the finished building. Produced in association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. 173 pp. Heavy--may require additional postage if shipped other than domestic media mail. Seller Inventory # 70855
Book Description Harry N. Abrams, NY, 2003. Hard Cover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. As new in an as new dustjacket, still in the original shrinkwrap. Seller Inventory # 011393