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  1. Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet (Music in American Life)
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  2. Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet (Music in American Life)

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This award-winning book, now available in paperback, is the first solid appraisal of the legendary career of the eminent Hungarian-born conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963). Personally enigmatic and often described as difficult to work with, he was nevertheless renowned for the dynamic galvanization of the orchestras he led, a nearly unrivaled technical ability, and high professional standards. Reiner's influence in the United States began in the early 1920s and lasted until his death. Reiner was also deeply committed to serious music in American life, especially through the promotion of new scores. In Fritz Reiner, Maestro and Martinet, Kenneth Morgan paints a very real portrait of a man who was both his own worst enemy and one of the true titans of his profession.

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Kenneth Morgan
First Edition
University of Illinois Press
University of Illinois Press
University of Illinois Press
University of Illinois Press
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Kenneth Morgan's book seems to be only the second full-length work devoted to the eminent conductor Fritz Reiner (1888-1963). It is thoroughly researched and Morgan has had the benefit of access to extensive archival material including Reiner's own papers. As an academic study it fills an important gap. However as a biography of Fritz Reiner it does not tell the whole story.
Morgan, not a musician but a history professor, is really only interested in Reiner's career, achievements and legacy as a conductor, teacher and recording artist. Thus the usual biographical details are summarised in the first (20-page) chapter, which reads like a separate article, leaving Morgan free to spend the rest of the book on charting Reiner's career. Reiner was married three times but we learn little about his wives or his three children. Certainly readers are interested in Reiner's friendships with major figures like Bartók and Richard Strauss, but they are also interested in what... Read more
It is a pleasure to read Kenneth Morgan's excellent biography of Fritz Reiner, giving music lovers a wonderful account of his extraordinary life, far surpassing the pathetic, earlier work by Philip Hart.

Although one could still hope for a biography even richer and more complete than this, Morgan at least gives us a well-balanced account of the great conductor's career, and writes with a style infinitely superior to that possessed by Hart.

This book is a real pleasure to read, and I recommend it to everyone interested in Dr. Reiner's career.
This book represents a missed opportunity. Mr. Morgan's very thorough research pays off handsomely in his account of Reiner's earlier career, which is undoubtedly the high point of the book. Unfortunately, much of Morgan's treatment of Reiner's later years, from about his time in Pittsburgh to the end of his life, seems oddly dry, with numerous details that never coalesce into a convincing whole. The latter portion of the book discusses Reiner's musicianship but amounts to little more than an extended yet curiously superficial review of the conductor's discography. It's clear from the way Morgan writes that he has little to no experience either as a trained musician or as a music world insider, which Reiner's prior biographer Philip Hart was. This leads to a rather clunky, one might even say "out of tune," overall effect.

The book as a whole also needs more attentive editing in order to make it better-written and -organized on its own terms. Many times a single topic will... Read more
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