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Book Review: Apollo’s Angels, A History of Ballet

Choreographer George Balanchine and ballet dancer (and muse) Suzanne Farrell dancing.
Choreographer George Balanchine and (muse) Suzanne Farrell dancing in a segment of "Don Quixote" at New York State Theater.
10:48AM
March
30, 2011

Those with even a passing interest in dance will be enthralled by Jennifer Homans “Apollo’s Angels, A History of Ballet”

Leon Fleisher’s ‘Nine Lives’

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Leon Fleisher made many memorable recordings on piano with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.
3:47PM
February
16, 2011

Leon Fleisher and Anne Midgette co-authored a memoir about the pianist’s career and multiple comebacks from focal dystopia.

‘Fifth Avenue Famous: The Music at St. Patrick’s Cathedral’

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"Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral" by Salvatore Basile; Fordham University Press; May 14, 2010.
12:39PM
February 9, 2011

Salvatore Basile’s book about St Patrick Cathedral’s repertoire and music celebrity thrills like a whodunit.

Thomas Larson’s ‘Story of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings’

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In his book, "The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings'," Thomas Larson explores what it is about Barber's work that has rooted it in the America psyche.
4:32PM
October 22, 2010

A review of Thomas Larson’s book, ‘The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings,’ and recollections of our interview with him about Barber’s haunting ‘Adagio for Strings.’

Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini

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Carlo Maria Giulini
11:33AM
May 13, 2010

Conductor Carlo Maria Giulini (1914-2005) is the subject of a new biography by Thomas D. Saler entitled Carlo Maria Giulini: Serving Genius.

Hans von Bulow, a Giant in 19th Century Music

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Hans von Bulow
2:05PM
April 21, 2010

Hans von Bulow was a giant in 19th century music, and his career and legacy deserve to be better known. Alan Walker’s new book, Hans von Bulow, A Life and Times, goes a long way toward restoring its subject to prominence.

A Musical Mystery By Lemony Snicket

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Lemony Snicket is at it again
1:20PM
March 5, 2010

Lemony Snicket is at it again, this time with a classical music mystery: The Composer is Dead.

Elizabeth Lunday Reveals the Secret Lives of Great Composers

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Read about Hector Berlioz's triple murder plot
4:02PM
January 29, 2010

WOSU’s Jennifer Hambrick reviews Elizabeth Lunday’s Secret Lives of Great Composers.

Terry Teachout’s New Biography of Louis Armstrong

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Armstrong modeled a lot of his phrasing on the opera singers of his youth
9:38AM
January 21, 2010

Terry Teachout has written a new scholarly, footnoted and highly enjoyable biography of the great Louis Armstrong

Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall”

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Kazuo Ishiguro's new book show us that music can be more than just a soundtrack to life
6:06PM
January 8, 2010

WOSU’s Jennifer Hambrick reviews Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Nocturnes: Five Stories of Music and Nightfall.”