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Volume 35

My first reaction was negative when K Stolba suggested I review the new biography of Bernstein. I don't read biographies much, of musicians or anyone else. But the suggestion drew me down to the biographical shelves of the music collection in my college library -- I didn't even know if…
Mozart: A Life, by Maynard Solomon. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. xvi + 640 pp. ISBN 0-06-019046-9. About two-thirds of the way through his massive, richly detailed new Mozart biography, Maynard Solomon quotes from a Danish tenor's recollection of an afternoon he spent with the Mozarts in August, 1788: Then I…
Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials, and Literature, by Elliott Schwartz and Daniel Godfrey. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995. xvi + 640 pp. ISBN 0-06-019046-9. A review of an extensive review is in essence what the following combination of patter is intended to produce. Not that Music Since 1945, by Elliot…