A dazzling conductor and prodigiously talented composer whose passion for music inspired generations of musicians, Leonard Bernstein is one of the most famous figures in American musical history. Now, acclaimed conductor and musical director John Mauceri, who worked with and learned from Bernstein for eighteen years, gives us an intimate portrait of the beloved maestro. Mauceri warmly recounts delightful stories from his years of world travel and continuous creation alongside ‘Lenny.’ A must-read celebration of the rich and vivacious life of one of the greatest musical minds of our generation.
Over the past five decades, JOHN MAUCERI has conducted symphonies, operas, ballets, musicals, and film music around the world, and served as music director of four opera companies and three orchestras, as well as hosted television and radio programs. He… More about John Mauceri
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Praise for John Mauceri and For the Love of Music:
“Having grown up with a father whose passion for music was tsunami-like in its intensity, I quickly recognized and welcomed a similar joy in John Mauceri’s meditations on the repertoire he loves so much. Every page warms us with the fires of his lifelong devotion. His book gives us precisely what Mauceri tells us the music itself will provide: ‘a most rewarding journey.’” —Jamie Bernstein, author of Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
“Any amateur for whom music is one the chief pleasures in life, but who longs always for a deeper understanding of the language of the classical concert than can be had from liner notes and his or her own intuitions, will be grateful for John Mauceri’s new book—it makes understanding how music works almost as pleasurable as listening to it.” –Adam Gopnik, author of A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism
“Mauceri demonstrates what it’s like to work closely with brilliant conductors, bringing their artistry to life.” —Publishers Weekly