Klemperer on Music: Shavings from a Musician’s Workbench

Preface by Pierre Boulez
Edited by Martin Anderson
Illustrations by Cosman, Topolski, Kirchner and 16 others
Extant: 246
Composition: Demy octavo ~ Illustrated ~ List of Klemperer's Compositions

Otto Klemperer’s conducting career covered nearly three-quarters of the twentieth century. Although he was not chiefly a man of words, he wrote frequently on music during the course of his long life, and the writings assembled in this book date from 1906 until 1971. Klemperer writes here about musicians he knew and worked with, dwelling with especial interest and respect on Gustav Mahler, who was a formative influence on the young Klemperer. He writes on composers from Bach and Beethoven to Schoenberg and Zemlinsky, on colleagues from Beecham and Toscanini to Ewald D¸lberg and Max Reinhardt. He documents his own career, discussing his conducting, his battle to save the Kroll Opera in Berlin, his period at Los Angeles, his return to Germany, his compositions, and much more.

Klemperer on Music also includes a complete list of Klemperer’s own compositions, in print for the first time ever.

Much of Klemperer on Music appears for the first time in English, some of it for the first time in any language.

2 reviews for Klemperer on Music: Shavings from a Musician’s Workbench

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    ‘Not only do his topics possess intrinsic historical interest […]; additionally, Klemperer’s own impact on the history of performance has been so strong that his views acquire historic importance in their own right.’

    —Arthur Jacobs, The Musical Times

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    ‘This fine volume of essays and writings shows Klemperer at his finest […]

    Summing up, this collection is outstanding in its wide and traversing appeal, and most of all a monument to one of the greatest conductors of the century.’

    —Gerald Fenech, MusicWeb International

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