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The Devil's Music Master - Controversial Life and Career of Wilhelm Furtwangler (Hardcover) Loot Price: R347
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The Devil's Music Master - Controversial Life and Career of Wilhelm Furtwangler (Hardcover): Sam H. Shirakawa
The Devil's Music Master - Controversial Life and Career of Wilhelm Furtwangler (Hardcover): Sam H. Shirakawa

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The Devil's Music Master - Controversial Life and Career of Wilhelm Furtwangler (Hardcover)

Sam H. Shirakawa

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Superb, fully sympathetic life of fiery German conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler (1886-1954), who was unfairly blackened as a Nazi convert. Shirakawa, a filmmaker, presents a big, intense picture of Furtwangler, who - as conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for three decades and of the Vienna Philharmonic for much of that time - was Germany's foremost cultural figure of his day. A musical Wunderkind, he had a phenomenal memory and as a child could play on the piano, from memory, the complete quartets of Beethoven - or anything else that he had heard even once. Furtwangler's power over women was equally telepathic. His illegitimate children may well have numbered 13, while he had five by his second wife. His secretary "scheduled all Furtwangler's dalliances with all the alacrity of a master taxi dispatcher." Even so, one young mistress complained that he was always composing on the weekends she spent with him. Though Furtwangler saw himself as a composer, Shirakawa says, his three symphonies - large brooding works - still await a conductor to bring out their magic. The author makes clear that Furtwangler's specialty was a nervous drive that kept audiences on the edges of their seats, a quality that is best captured on his live radio tapes, although his studio Tristan und Isolde does show the conductor at his most sublime. He fought Nazimania, had shouting matches with Hitler, refused to join the Party, and would not conduct in relation to any political activities - but remained in Berlin rather than run off to America both to protect German music from the Party and to help save Jewish musicians. During the war, Furtwangler was bedeviled by the Wagner family and by his rising young rival, Herbert von Karajan, a Party member backed by top Party hacks. Excellent on Furtwangler's recording career and worth owning for that alone. For all music lovers. (Kirkus Reviews)
Child prodigy turned conductor, Wilhelm Furtwängler was a dominant figure in Central European music between 1922 and his death in 1954. Arguably the century's finest conductor, his decision to live and work in Nazi Germany drew accusations of collaboration, which led to his near-framing as a war criminal. This first comprehensive biography dispels the myth to reveal Furtwängler's selfless role in rescuing the German musical tradition from state service and the lives of hundreds of Jews and others from persecution.

Drawing on much previously unpublished material, this is a penetrating portrait of an uncompromising man, whose recordings remain as popular and influential as ever.

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Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 1992
Authors: Sam H. Shirakawa
Dimensions: 230 x 150 x 45mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 522
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-506508-4
Barcode: 9780195065084
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > Film, television, music, theatre
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LSN: 0-19-506508-5

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