Author : Michael Steinberg, Larry Rothe
"""Description:The only prerequisite for enjoying this book is that you honestly love classical music. Each of these marvelous essays show deep appreciation and reverence for the music. They seek to know more and to try harder to comprehend the complexities of their subjects. There are several studies that stand out for me. Larry Rothe's discourse on Erich Korngold uncovered much new information and is a masterfully written piece of work. Other memorable contributions by Rothe include essays on J.S. Bach, Sigmund Spaeth, Brahms and a very entertaining one called ""Music, True or False"". The late Michael Steinberg was a master at his craft. An annotator of concert programs for the BSO, SFO and New York Philharmonic, his books, notes and critical analysis are admired by some of the greatest musicians and creators in the classical music world. Essays on Lou Harrison, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Schumann are excellent. His salute to Theodore Thomas is very illuminating. Thomas was a pioneering maestro who was largely responsible for debuting many great works in America. Between the years 1854 and 1904 he proved to be a tireless advocate for great music in the United States. The book is full of historical references that provide background for many of the essays. Intelligent observations abound. Bottom line: As I stated in my opening, if you honestly love classical music, this book provides a wealth of insight to what makes it great. It is a salute to people who seek to understand its profound mysteries, written by two true believers. Kudos to Larry Rothe and long live Michael Steinberg!"""