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Herbert von Karajan : a life in music

Author: Richard Osborne
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This biography explores Karajan's life and music making against the background of European music and politics in the years 1908-1989. Periods in Karajan's life hitherto ignored or believed to have been in some way "covered up" - his childhood in Austria during and after the First World War and his early career as a conductor in Nazi Germany - are frankly and revealingly explored.".
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Herbert von Karajan; Herbert von Karajan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Osborne
ISBN: 1555534252 9781555534257
OCLC Number: 42892262
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto & Windus, 1998.
Description: x, 851 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I 1908-1945 --
1 An atmosphere of war 3 --
2 Sunday's child 7 --
3 Teachers' boy 17 --
4 A Salzburg education 26 --
5 Vienna 33 --
6 A leader of suggestive power 40 --
7 A young bandmaster from Ulm 45 --
8 Swastikas in the sky 61 --
9 Nearly in the dust 68 --
10 'Tell me, now: are you happy with me?' 76 --
11 Chess moves 83 --
12 General Music Director, Aachen 91 --
13 1938: The promised land 101 --
14 1938: Das Wunder Karajan 110 --
15 Peace and war 126 --
16 'More Diogenes than Alexander ...' 134 --
17 Down, down I come 150 --
18 City terrors and mountain vigils 163 --
19 Flight to Italy 181 --
Part II 1945-1956 --
20 Captain Epstein's dilemma 189 --
21 Interrogation 200 --
22 An Englishman abroad 207 --
23 A capacity of taking trouble 220 --
24 New music: a tantrum and a tiff 234 --
25 London 244 --
26 A tale of two Berlins 251 --
27 Furtwangler: showdown in Chicago 258 --
28 Getting and spending 262 --
29 The hypnotist 273 --
30 Hanging on to Karajan 278 --
31 Wiener Symphoniker and return to Germany 282 --
32 Bachfest 290 --
33 Milan, Paris, and Bayreuth 295 --
34 Working with the Philharmonia 304 --
35 On recording 310 --
36 Crossing the Rhine 318 --
37 The girl with the flaxen hair 328 --
38 Tristan and Lucia 333 --
39 Brandy in Les Baux 356 --
40 Death and succession 367 --
41 American journey 377 --
42 Trouble at mill 384 --
43 A resignation and three recordings 401 --
Part III 1957-1964 --
44 Riding high 413 --
45 Incessant traffic 422 --
46 Three courtships and a marriage 431 --
47 Vienna and London 1959-60 440 --
48 Salzburg shenanigans 453 --
49 Controlling interests 457 --
50 Vienna: the phoney war 469 --
51 Karajan's Circus 475 --
52 Berlin Philharmonic 481 --
53 A strange marriage 493 --
54 Pet Savage 504 --
55 Farewell, Vienna 507 --
Part IV 1964-1975 --
56 Fresh woods and pastures new 515 --
57 Pilgrimage to Jarvenpaa 522 --
58 Towards the Easter Festival 525 --
59 Henri-Georges Clouzot 535 --
60 The Easter Festival 545 --
61 Carmen and Pagliacci 553 --
62 An urge to educate 562 --
63 Mr Andry plays his ace 575 --
64 Brave new worlds 591 --
65 A question of image 601 --
66 Disc trouble 606 --
Part V 1976-1989 --
67 Easter 1976 613 --
68 Close encounters 618 --
69 The man with the golden jug 625 --
70 Phoenix 636 --
71 Carpe diem 643 --
72 Pleasant diversions 650 --
73 1982: Anniversary 658 --
74 Pressing matters 665 --
75 1982: Divisions in the kingdom 670 --
76 The Erlking 676 --
77 War and peace 689 --
78 Soldiering on 700 --
79 Trouble over Taiwan 710 --
80 Resignation 719 --
81 A necessary end 726 --
Appendix A Herbert von Karajan, 'The Rehearsal' 733 --
Appendix B Karajan's membership of the Nazi Party and the trail of misinformation 742 --
Appendix C Karajan's deposition to the Austrian denazification examining board, 18 March 1946 748.
Responsibility: Richard Osborne.

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"This biography explores Karajan's life and music making against the background of European music and politics in the years 1908-1989. Periods in Karajan's life hitherto ignored or believed to have been in some way "covered up" - his childhood in Austria during and after the First World War and his early career as a conductor in Nazi Germany - are frankly and revealingly explored.".

"This is the "jet-set megastar" who was in reality a shy, music-obsessed, often solitary figure and a poor communicator in personal matters, yet who was also the great modern master of the orchestra, a born teacher, deeply loyal to his closest associates, and often very funny. It is the man who made and sold more best-selling LPs and CDs than any other conductor in the history of the phonograph but who, paradoxically, used the phonograph as a preparation for what was for him the holy grail of the conductor's art, the perfect live performance.".

"The Karajan story is also the story of musicians with whom he worked. It is the story of the postwar record industry, and a number of important musical institutions: the Salzburg Festival; London's Philharmonia Orchestra in the golden age of its founder, Karajan's friend and alter ego Walter Legge; the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera; and the Berlin Philharmonic, which Karajan coveted, served, and finally lost in what is perhaps the most extraordinary saga in the history of conductor-orchestra relationships."--BOOK JACKET.

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