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Evenings with the Orchestra: A Norton Companion for Concertgoers

Evenings with the Orchestra: A Norton Companion for Concertgoers
Author: D Kern Holoman
ISBN 13: 9780393029369
ISBN 10: 393029360
Edition: 1st
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1992-03-17
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 756
List Price: $50.00

Going to concerts is becoming, for large numbers of Americans, an increasingly frequent pleasure. For those who encounter unfamiliar traditions and terms in the concert hall, ...

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In his delightful and well-nigh-indispensable style sheet Writing About Music (Berkley, 1988), Holoman offers sensible guidelines on just about every aspect of music-related prose, including how to write effective program notes. Now in this present volume, he demonstrates that he practices what he preaches. Essentially a compilation of some 200 of the author's program notes for the Sacramento Symphony, it is a gem of a book. There is much to enjoy here for concert-goers of all levels of sophistication. In addition to essays on the standard orchestral repertory, there are excellent notes for a number of significant contemporary compositions. Program notes are often pretentious and self-indulgent, but these are generally models of directness, clarity, and good sense. Strunk and White would be pleased. Highly recommended.-- Eugene Gaub, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, N.Y.