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A LIFE IN MUSIC reviws five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim. A child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonics and operas, Barenhoim has known and worked with many of the most distinguished and exciting musicians of the 20th century, including Rubinstein, Furtwangler, Zubin Meta, Pierre Boulez, Fisher-Diskau, Pablo A LIFE IN MUSIC reviws five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim. A child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonics and operas, Barenhoim has known and worked with many of the most distinguished and exciting musicians of the 20th century, including Rubinstein, Furtwangler, Zubin Meta, Pierre Boulez, Fisher-Diskau, Pablo Casals, and not least his wife, Jacqueline du Pre. Recent years have included his work at the annual Wagner festival Bayreuth; in Berlin at the rebirth of the State Opera House; taking over from George Solti's 22-year regin in Chicago; his summer festival in Weimar, Germany, where young Arabs and Israelis can play music together; and his worldwide travels. Barenboim has revised and updated his memoir, giving us trenchant thoughts on Israel today, the problems facing young musicians, and the changing world of music at the beginning of the 21st century. -One of the world's greatest musicians, Barenboim has a dedicated following who will be interested in reading about his life in his own words. -Barenboim was married to celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pre, the subject of the controversial film Hilary and Jackie. -His championship of peaceful coexistence with Palestinians is highly controversial, as is his insistence on playing Wagner in Israel.


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A LIFE IN MUSIC reviws five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim. A child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonics and operas, Barenhoim has known and worked with many of the most distinguished and exciting musicians of the 20th century, including Rubinstein, Furtwangler, Zubin Meta, Pierre Boulez, Fisher-Diskau, Pablo A LIFE IN MUSIC reviws five decades of the rich and uniquely varied musical life of Daniel Barenboim. A child prodigy as a pianist and a virtuoso conductor of symphonics and operas, Barenhoim has known and worked with many of the most distinguished and exciting musicians of the 20th century, including Rubinstein, Furtwangler, Zubin Meta, Pierre Boulez, Fisher-Diskau, Pablo Casals, and not least his wife, Jacqueline du Pre. Recent years have included his work at the annual Wagner festival Bayreuth; in Berlin at the rebirth of the State Opera House; taking over from George Solti's 22-year regin in Chicago; his summer festival in Weimar, Germany, where young Arabs and Israelis can play music together; and his worldwide travels. Barenboim has revised and updated his memoir, giving us trenchant thoughts on Israel today, the problems facing young musicians, and the changing world of music at the beginning of the 21st century. -One of the world's greatest musicians, Barenboim has a dedicated following who will be interested in reading about his life in his own words. -Barenboim was married to celebrated cellist Jacqueline du Pre, the subject of the controversial film Hilary and Jackie. -His championship of peaceful coexistence with Palestinians is highly controversial, as is his insistence on playing Wagner in Israel.

30 review for A Life in Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jaclyn

    On the first page of his book, Daniel Barenboim makes it abundantly clear that this is NOT an autobiography. Any autobiographical details are purely for illustration of the musical concepts he wants to talk about. So if that's what you're expecting, well... go home. Methinks the pianist doth protest too much. It seems to me that this book is not an autobiography because if it was, Barenboim would have to explain and answer for his appalling treatment of his "first wife," Jacqueline du Pre, when On the first page of his book, Daniel Barenboim makes it abundantly clear that this is NOT an autobiography. Any autobiographical details are purely for illustration of the musical concepts he wants to talk about. So if that's what you're expecting, well... go home. Methinks the pianist doth protest too much. It seems to me that this book is not an autobiography because if it was, Barenboim would have to explain and answer for his appalling treatment of his "first wife," Jacqueline du Pre, when she was dying. As it is, by writing a book on music with a few autobiographical details, he skates right on by that chapter in his life and doesn't ever acknowledge abandoning du Pre or conducting an eight year affair and fathering two children with another woman while she was terminally ill (and keeping it all secret from her, he's pretty sure). In that manner, I've got to call a spade a spade - he was a cheating coward when his wife was dying, as brave as he was about many other things. Nonetheless, and all of my moral judgments and feelings about marriage aside, Daniel Barenboim is still: 1) A brilliant pianist; 2) One of the great conductors and musicians of our time; and 3) A fascinating man. "A Life In Music" ruminates on everything from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - and possible solutions thereof, including Barenboim's own active efforts to bring young Arab and Israeli musicians together in one orchestra - to the differences between French and German music, to points of music theory and principle concerning how Barenboim prefers to manage and conduct an orchestra. Running throughout are fascinating discussions about culture, history, politics, war, peace and love. If only more people would listen to him, this world would be a happier, more peaceful place. It was an interesting book and I'm glad I read it, and for the most part I was able to separate my admiration for Barenboim as a musician, an intellectual and a professional from my feelings about his character, knowing what I do - and don't - understand about Jacqueline du Pre. However, the best part of the book, for me, was Barenboim's assurance that my complete ineptitude at tuning my violin was NOT my fault. It was because I played the piano! Blame the piano! I feel completely vindicated and virtually stick my tongue out at my violin teacher from 500 miles away, because Daniel Barenboim has the same problems with intonation that I have. Hurray!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ardelean Simona

    „... cît de falsă e ideea că, în fond, cultura e un lucru căruia i te poți dedica sau pe care ți-l poți permite doar după ce au fost rezolvate „problemele reale”. Este un argument folosit foarte des de politicienii care, atunci cînd e nevoie să se economisească bani, privesc mai întîi spre cultură. Cele două experiențe de care pomeneam mi-au arătat foarte clar că muzica poate și trebuie să însemne altceva decît presupune acest argument că ar trebui să fie atitudinea publicului. În Israel, în feb „... cît de falsă e ideea că, în fond, cultura e un lucru căruia i te poți dedica sau pe care ți-l poți permite doar după ce au fost rezolvate „problemele reale”. Este un argument folosit foarte des de politicienii care, atunci cînd e nevoie să se economisească bani, privesc mai întîi spre cultură. Cele două experiențe de care pomeneam mi-au arătat foarte clar că muzica poate și trebuie să însemne altceva decît presupune acest argument că ar trebui să fie atitudinea publicului. În Israel, în februarie 1961, cînd sunau sirenele din cauza atacurilor cu rachete lansate de Irak, trebuia ca oamenii să se scoale de două ori pe noapte, să-și pună mască de gaze, să intre în încăperi etanșate și să aștepte cinci minute ca să vadă dacă supraviețuiesc sau nu. Toate acestea au supus populația din Israel la o imensă presiune psihologică. Și totuși, de îndată ce n-a mai fost primejdios să o facă, Orchestra Filarmonică din Israel a început să dea două concerte pe zi, la douăsprezece și la trei după-amiaza, pentru că seara nu era suficient de sigur. Se permitea accesul în sala de spectacol a doar cinci sute de oameni odată, și toți erau obligați să aibă la ei masca de gaze. Exista o reală nevoie de muzică, muzicienii să poată cînta, iar publicul să asculte. Pentru unii acesta era un mod de a uita tensiunea din noaptea dinainte, pentru alții era un moment de speranță, în care să nu se gîndească la noaptea următoare, cu inevitabilul sunet de sirene. În orice caz, nimeni nu vedea muzica drept o formă superficială de distracție”.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ali Miremadi

    Absorbing book about music, philosophy and political culture told through a bare narrative of Barenboim’s life as a performer. Barenboim was a hero to me before I picked this up and he is perhaps more of one now I have had the chance to read him. I only wish I were either a pianist or conductor, as I suspect one would have to be a fellow practitioner to grasp the depths of much of his thinking on music. Wonderful book even for a simple listener regardless.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rick Rapp

    I thought I'd find this book much more compelling than I did. I am a music aficionado and I know a good deal about many composers and musicians...but it never really captured me. There are good stories here and I can appreciate Barenboim's feelings about much of what he discusses, but it just never captured me. I thought I'd find this book much more compelling than I did. I am a music aficionado and I know a good deal about many composers and musicians...but it never really captured me. There are good stories here and I can appreciate Barenboim's feelings about much of what he discusses, but it just never captured me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Molly Jane

    This book was just great. Barenboim is an excellent writer.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    wasn't in the mood for it at the time. Will give it another chance some time wasn't in the mood for it at the time. Will give it another chance some time

  7. 4 out of 5

    Juan Pablo Schneider

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robert Weaver

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    Melanie

  10. 4 out of 5

    Arwa Al-obaid

  11. 5 out of 5

    Wilhelmine Lu

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lay Suan Tan

  13. 5 out of 5

    Edward Benyas

  14. 5 out of 5

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  16. 4 out of 5

    John

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    Laura

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    Oana Nedelea

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    Phoebe Zhao

  20. 5 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ertan Teodorescu-Arghezi

  24. 4 out of 5

    Giorgiana Aştefanei

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine

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    Mateus

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christy

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    Sarah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eric Drew

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margit

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