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Book Title: Erich Wolfgang Korngold|
Edition: Phaidon Press
Date of issue: May 30th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780714831558
The author of the book: Jessica Duchen
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 7.14 MB
Read full description of the books Erich Wolfgang Korngold:Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897 -- 1957) is an extraordinary figure who bridged the worlds of serious music, operetta and film music. Thus he worked with both Mahler and Errol Flynn. As a child prodigy composer in Vienna he achieved legendary status, but personal pressure later drew him into operetta arrangement and thence to Hollywood where he spent the war years becoming a highly influential composer of film music. Ignoring the changing tides of musical fashion, korngold continued to write in his own lush, romantic idiom. Now, as his music is currently enjoying a great revival of interest, this study offers a reappraisal of his life and work.
Read information about the authorJessica was born in London. She first tried to write a novel at the age of 12 and found much encouragement from a distinguished author and a literary agent. After studying at Cambridge, she worked as an editor in music publishing and magazines for ten years.
Her latest novel, Ghost Variations, is based on a true incident in the 1930s: the bizarre rediscovery of the long-suppressed Schumann Violin Concerto. "This is a hugely atmospheric and thought-provoking book featuring fascinating characters... It evokes a period pregnant with both promise and menace" (Music & Vision Daily).
The earlier novels focus on the tensions and cross-currents between family generations, including a painful exploration of the effects of anorexia (Rites of Spring) and the rearing of a child prodigy (Alicia's Gift) to the long-term effects of displacement and cultural clashes (Hungarian Dances and Songs of Triumphant Love).
Jessica's journalism has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Times, plus numerous music magazines. She gives pre-concert talks at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Southbank Centre and Symphony Hall Birmingham. Having created concert versions of Alicia's Gift, Hungarian Dances and Ghost Variations, she often narrates their performances. Her play A Walk through the End of Time, introducing Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, has been performed at music festivals in the UK, France and Australia.
Jessica lives in London with her violinist husband and two cats. She enjoys long walks, cooking, and playing the piano when nobody can hear her. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/jessicawords...
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