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This is an edited volume in the Bard Music Festival series, timed for release to coincide with the summer 2019 edition of the Bard Music Festival which will be devoted to the music of the Austrian-born composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957).

Note: This is a simultaneous release. Cloth edition: $80.00, ISBN: t/c

Korngold and His World

Ed. by Goldmark, Daniel / Karnes, Kevin C.

Series:The Bard Music Festival 45


    130,95 € / $150.00 / £116.00*

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    A brand-new look at the life and music of renowned composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957) was the last compositional prodigy to emerge from the Austro-German tradition of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Lauded in his youth by everyone from Mahler to Puccini, Korngold’s auspicious career in the early 1900s spanned chamber music, opera, and musical theater. Today, he is best known for his Hollywood film scores, composed between 1935 and 1947. From his prewar operas in Vienna to his pathbreaking contributions to American film scoring, Korngold and His World provides a substantial reassessment of Korngold’s life and accomplishments.

    Korngold struggled to reconcile the musical language of his Viennese upbringing with American popular song and cinema, and was forced to adapt to a new life after wartime emigration to Hollywood. This collection examines Korngold’s operas and film scores, the critical reception of his music, and his place in the milieus of both the Old and New Worlds. The volume also features numerous historical documents—many previously unpublished and in first-ever English translations—including essays by the composer as well as memoirs by his wife, Luzi Korngold, and his father, the renowned music critic Julius Korngold.

    The contributors are Leon Botstein, David Brodbeck, Bryan Gilliam, Daniel Goldmark, Lily Hirsch, Kevin Karnes, Sherry Lee, Neil Lerner, Sadie Menicanin, Ben Winters, Amy Wlodarski, and Charles Youmans.

    Bard Music Festival 2019
    Korngold and His World
    Bard College
    August 9–11 and 16–18, 2019



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    Daniel Goldmark is professor of music and director of the Center for Popular Music Studies at Case Western Reserve University. His books include Tunes for 'Toons. Kevin C. Karnes is professor of music at Emory University. His books include Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa.

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