- Gebundene Ausgabe: 382 Seiten
- Verlag: Amadeus Press (September 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1574670557
- ISBN-13: 978-1574670554
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,9 x 3,3 x 23,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.492.957 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Morton Gould: American Salute (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – September 2000
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Armed with composer Morton Gould's cooperation before his death and the assistance of his family and friends, journalist Peter Goodman has assembled a fascinating account of the man and musician. Beginning with Gould's prodigious childhood with a difficult father, to his role as an elder statesman of music, Goodman examines Gould's struggles with t
Why I wrote this book, and the sadness of his success
Not long before I began work on this book, I had the occasion to review an all-Morton Gould concert (I was my newspaper's music critic at the time). He was a famous composer, and I'd met him a number of times at various performances and musical events. Unfortunately, I didn't like what I heard, nor his conducting. (Morton read my review, and made some acerbic comments about it in his diary). But my wife, tired of hearing me wander around the house moaning about wanting to write a book and not having any idea what to write, kept saying, "Why don't you write about Morton Gould. He seems like a nice man." Eventually she wore me down; I asked Morton if he would mind if I wrote his biography, and he said he thought that would be a good idea (in truth, he really didn't believe anything would come of it). Over the next four or five years, I spent a lot of time with him and his music. While we were working together, he won the Kennedy Center Honors and the Pulitzer Prize, retired as president of ASCAP, and gave President Clinton a saxophone piece he'd written for the president. Sounds like a pretty good life for a composer, right? Well, he was miserable. Despite a lifetime spent as one of the most visible figures in American classical music, and decades as a prominent figure in radio, Morton thought his life had been a failure. He thought he never got the respect he deserved from the classical music establishment---especially in New York City, his hometown. And he was right. So this is the story of a man who started life as a child prodigy, forced to go on the road as a vaudeville artist to support his family, was in the pit opening night at Radio City Music Hall, was mentioned as a possible heir to George Gershwin---and then never reached the pinnacle he'd thought would be his. And over the years, I came to appreciate and to enjoy his music, which is a lot more interesting than most listeners ever knew.
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The author goes to great lenghts to vividly protray on the written page what, one imagines, really must be heard to be fully appreciated in Gould's work:
"'Dance Variations' is in four movements, most of which fly by at breakneck speed. Gould's harmonic language and organization are tonal and conventional, yet the music is passionate and unsettling. . . . [I]ts 'Can-Can' is pounding and raucous. And the concluding 'Tarantalla' is frighteningly angry. Far from being a simple-minded crowd-pleaser, 'Dance Variations' is a score of depth and complexity, the work of a mind that is hiding in plain sight." (P. 211.)
Goodman also delves into Gould's many and varied sexual conquests. Unlike many of his peers (Copland and Bernstein, among others), Gould was, most decidedly, heterosexual. The detailed dissection of his two marriages (curiously, to two women with the same name (Shirley)), is a vital part of Gould's life story.
Perhaps the best compliment for this book is that the reader is left with the strong urge to round out his or her personal musical collection with anything Gould! It is highly recommended.
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