A Hardback edition by Harvey Sachs in English (Jun 27, 2017)
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Drawing on Toscanini family archives and personal interviews, the music historian chronicles the life and work of the composer, noting his political activism and complex personal... Read more
Harvey Sachs is the author or coauthor of ten books and has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Times Literary Supplement, among others. He lives in New York, and is on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
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Fifty years after his death, Arturo Toscanini is still considered one of the greatest conductors in history, and probably the most influential. His letters, expertly collected, translated, and edited here by Harvey Sachs, will give readers a new depth of insight into his life and work. As Sachs puts it, they ?reveal above all else a man whose psychological perceptions in general and self-knowledge...
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