Absolutely on Music

Absolutely on Music


Book - 2016
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A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books.
Now, in Absolutely on Music , Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros.
It is essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere.
Publisher: [Toronto] :, Bond Street Books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780385683166
Branch Call Number: 781.17 Oza
Characteristics: xix, 325 pages
Additional Contributors: Murakami, Haruki 1949-
Rubin, Jay 1941-


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Sep 20, 2018

Critically-acclaimed author Haruki Murakami is a serious music buff and was able to conduct several interviews with internationally-known conductor Seiji Ozawa after the latter's serious illness to talk about music. Sometimes they talk about specific pieces--the second movement of Mahler's 1st Symphony, for instance. Sometimes they talk about music personalities--von Karajan or Kleiber, for example. Sometimes they talk about conducting or music education or a shared favorite, jazz or the blues. Fascinating look into two very, very creative minds.

Sep 08, 2017

A fascinating look at making music from the inside.

Murakami, here acting more as a journalist than a novelist, interviews conductor Seiji Ozawa about music (and other topics), often referring to specific moments in specific recordings by Ozawa and others. Obviously most of the music discussed is symphonic (composers range from Mozart and Brahms to Gershwin and Bernstein to Messiaen and Takemitsu, with a whole chapter on Mahler and another on a single Beethoven concerto); but both Murakami and Ozawa are also fans of other genres and they discuss blues and jazz as well. The last chapter is Ozawa's reflections of teaching at a music festival, and how the students grow from "not ready at all" to a mature ensemble during one week of classes and rehearsals.

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