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Books that Move Us

  • Evenings with the Orchestra

    Evenings with the Orchestra

    Written by Hector Berlioz

    Amusing short vignettes by Berlioz about pit musicians that are still applicable today. I think about it almost every time I am in the pit.

    Synopsis

    During the performances of fashionable operas in an unidentified but "civilized" town in northern Europe, the musicians (with the exception of the conscientious bass drummer) tell tales, read stories, and exchange gossip to relieve the tedium of the bad music they are paid to perform. In this delightful and now classic narrative written by the brilliant composer and critic Hector Berlioz, we are privy to twenty-five highly entertaining evenings with a fascinating group of distracted performers. As we near the two-hundredth anniversary of Berlioz's birth, Jacques Barzun's pitch-perfect translation of Evenings with the Orchestra —with a new foreword by Berlioz scholar Peter Bloom—testifies to the enduring pleasure found in this most witty and amusing book.

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    April 5, 2021

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  • The Agony and the Ecstasy

    The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Written by Irving Stone

    The way Stone portrays Michaelangelo's ability to manage criticism and his single-mindedness on pursuing knowledge for learning his craft have been an inspiration to me throughout my career.

    Synopsis

    His name—Michelangelo Buonarroti. Creator of the David, painter of the ceiling in the Sistine Chapel, architect of the dome of St. Peter's, Michelangelo lives once more in the tempestuous, powerful pages of Irving Stone's towering triumph. A masterpiece in its own right, this biographical novel offers a compelling portrait of one of the greatest artists the world has ever known.

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