The Composer's Advocate

A Radical Orthodoxy for Musicans

Erich Leinsdorf

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September 10, 1982
224 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300028874
Paper

"An excellent piece of writing, exhibiting splendid communicative sensitivity and command of language, and fully representative of the remarkable mind of the author. . . . A book any musician, or any serious student or concertgoer, will find stimulating, provocative and instructive."
-- Robert C. Marsh, Chicago Sun-Times
"Wise, detailed and valuable book. . . . Should become a set text for all performing artists.
-- Andrew Porter, The New Yorker
"Throughout the book, Leinsdorf displays his knowledge and wisdom with a near total lack of pretense or vanity. This work must be considered one of the most significant books on conducting ever written, ranking in importance with those of Wagner and Weingartner. Its scope, however, suggests that it should be read not only by conductors but by every practicing musician."
-- Robert Johnson, Music Library Association Notes
"Concise, witty and rewarding. . . . That Maestro Leinsdorf is an extraordinarily astute and sensitive musician is evident on every page of The Composer’s Advocate. Musicians will find his insights profound and his ideas compelling."
-- Hugh Wolff, Washington Post Book World
"Leinsdorf’s book will be of interest to anyone curious about how music is translated from the printed page into sound."
-- Harry Haskell, The Kansas City Star

"An excellent piece of writing, exhibiting splendid communicative sensitivity and command of language, and fully representative of the remarkable mind of the author. . . . A book any musician, or any serious student or concertgoer, will find stimulating, provocative and instructive."—Robert C. Marsh, Chicago Sun-Times

 

"Wise, detailed and valuable book. . . . Should become a set text for all performing artists."—Andrew Porter, New Yorker

 

"Throughout the book, Leinsdorf displays his knowledge and wisdom with a near total lack of pretense or vanity. This work must be considered one of the most significant books on conducting ever written, ranking in importance with those of Wagner and Weingartner. Its scope, however, suggests that it should be read not only by conductors but by every practicing musician."—Robert Johnson, Music Library Association Notes

"Concise, witty and rewarding. . . . That Maestro Leinsdorf is an extraordinarily astute and sensitive musician is evident on every page of The Composer’s Advocate. Musicians will find his insights profound and his ideas compelling."—Hugh Wolff, Washington Post Book World
 

"Leinsdorf’s book will be of interest to anyone curious about how music is translated from the printed page into sound."—Harry Haskell, Kansas City Star

"This book gives Leinsdorf's firm ideas on interpreting music in performance. . . . Much practical information is packed into the study by Leinsdorf's thoughtful . . . comments."—Booklist

"Intended primarily for conductors, Leinsdorf's book is essentially an examination of the intellectual and musical process through which good performances can be achieved. . . . The book, highly detailed and copiously illustrated with musical examples, should be required for every conductor."—Library Journal

"Illuminating. . . . Leinsdorf offers the would-be conductor guidelines on how to seek out a composition's 'only truth.' He writes on the problems inherent even in the most scholarly editions of scores, on the importance of learning a composer's entire oeuvre before trying to come to grips with individual works, on th difference between what is genuinely 'traditional' and what amounts to merely the accumulated bad habits of previous generations."—James Wierzbicki, St. Louis Globe-Democrat

"[A] provocative, urbane, and thoroughly sensible primer on how to understand and perform music. Directed chiefly towards conductors, all musicians may profit by it."—Schwann-I Record & Tape Guide

"A book not only for all professional musicians but also for those who experience an all-encompassing euphoria in the presence of musical genius. Get your scores out and follow a great teacher."—Boris Nelson, The Toledo Blade