Mozart in the Jungle

Author: Blair Tindall
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9781555847463
Format: PDF
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In the tradition of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Gelsey Kirkland’s Dancing on My Grave, Mozart in the Jungle delves into the lives of the musicians and conductors who inhabit the insular world of classical music. In a book that inspired the Amazon Original series starring Gael García Bernal and Malcolm McDowell, oboist Blair Tindall recounts her decades-long professional career as a classical musician—from the recitals and Broadway orchestra performances to the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth in the backbiting New York classical music scene, where musicians trade sexual favors for plum jobs and assignments in orchestras across the city. Tindall and her fellow journeymen musicians often play drunk, high, or hopelessly hungover, live in decrepit apartments, and perform in hazardous conditions— working-class musicians who schlep across the city between low-paying gigs, without health-care benefits or retirement plans, a stark contrast to the rarefied experiences of overpaid classical musician superstars. An incisive, no-holds-barred account, Mozart in the Jungle is the first true, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage and in the Broadway pit.

Mozart in the Jungle

Author: Blair Tindall
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
ISBN: 9780802142535
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The oboist looks back at her twenty-five year career, offering a glimpse into the world of classical music and providing details of substance abuse and the practice of trading sexual favors for jobs.

Who Killed Classical Music

Author: Norman Lebrecht
Publisher: Birch Lane Press
ISBN:
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Argues that commercialism has radically transformed classical music and opera

Shoot the Conductor

Author: Anshel Brusilow
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
ISBN: 1574416138
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Anshel Brusilow was born in 1928 and raised in Philadelphia by musical Russian Jewish parents in a neighborhood where practicing your instrument was as normal as hanging out the laundry. By the time he was sixteen he was appearing as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He also met Pierre Monteux at sixteen, when Monteux accepted him into his summer conducting school. Under George Szell, Brusilow was associate concertmaster at the Cleveland Orchestra until Ormandy snatched him away to make him concertmaster in Philadelphia, where he remained from 1959 to 1966. Ormandy and Brusilow had a father-son relationship, but Brusilow could not resist conducting, to Ormandy's great displeasure. By the time he was forty, Brusilow had sold his violin and formed his own chamber orchestra in Philadelphia with more than a hundred performances per year. For three years he was conductor of the Dallas Symphony, until he went on to shape the orchestral programs at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas. Brusilow played with or conducted many top-tier classical musicians, and he has opinions about each and every one. He also made many recordings. Co-written with Robin Underdahl, his memoir is a fascinating and unique view of American classical music during an important era, as well as an inspiring story of a working-class immigrant child making good in a tough arena.

Real Men Don t Rehearse

Author: Justin Locke
Publisher: Justin Locke
ISBN: 9780615130293
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Real Men Don't Rehearse is an amusing collection of stories about the secret world of professional orchestras.

101 Must See Movie Moments

Author: Nell Minow
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781939282057
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Great moments from neglected movies and neglected moments from classic movies -- movie critic Nell Minow (known as "The Movie Mom") describes 101 must-see movie moments that illuminate cinematic story-telling, from the DBTA (dead by third act) character there to give the hero a learning experience to the unexpected on-set "mistakes" that turned out better than the script.

The Maestro Myth

Author: Norman Lebrecht
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 9780806520889
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this masterpiece on the masters of music, Lebrecht enthralls readers with his insightful look into the lives and careers of the world's most celebrated conductors. of photos.

Sticking It Out

Author: Patti Niemi
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1770908498
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When Patti Niemi was 10 years old, all the children in her school music class lined up to choose their instruments. Boy after boy chose drums, and girl after girl chose flute—that is, until it was Patti's turn. From that point onward, Niemi devoted her life to mastering the percussive arts. Cymbals, snare drum, marimba, timpani, chimes: she practiced them all, and in 1983, she entered Juilliard, the most prestigious music conservatory in in the world. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly-changing New York City in the 1980s, Sticking It Out recounts Niemi's years mastering her craft and struggling to make it in a cutthroat race to a coveted job in an orchestra. Along the way, she has to compete with friends, face her own crippling anxiety, and confront the delicate, and sometimes perilous, balance of power between teachers and their students. Niemi's vivid memoir brings us inside a world that most of us never get to see: grueling practice schedules, intimate musical relationships, and long moments at the back of an orchestra spent sweating and counting before a big cymbal crash. Sticking It Out is a humbling account of the work that leads to a dazzling moment of perfection, and of the dogged persistence it takes to follow a dream.