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John Mauceri’s distinguished and extraordinary career has brought him not only to the world’s greatest opera companies and symphony orchestras, but also to the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia. Regarded as the world’s leading performer of the music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, he has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many kinds of music and has supervised/conducted premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Bernstein, Hindemith, Elfman, Ives, and Shore. As an accomplished recording artist, John Mauceri has over 70 albums to his name, and is the recipient of Grammy, Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Edison, Cannes Classique, Billboard, two Diapasons d’Or, three Emmys, and four Deutsche Schallplatten Awards.

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Maestros and Their Music read by John Mauceri

Posted November 12th, 2017

Listen to an except from the audiobook of “Maestros and Their Music — The Art and Alchemy of Conducting,” read by John Mauceri. The audiobook can be purchased from Penguin Random House and other audiobook retailers.

From the audiobook description:

John Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an unprecedented, hugely informative, consistently entertaining exploration of his profession, rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside the greatest names of the music world. With candor and humor, Mauceri makes clear that conducting is itself a composition: of legacy and tradition, techniques handed down from master to apprentice–and more than a trace of ineffable magic. He reveals how conductors approach a piece of music (a calculated combination of personal interpretation, imagination, and insight into the composer’s intent); what it takes to communicate solely through gesture, with sometimes hundreds of performers at once; and the occasionally glamorous, often challenging life of the itinerant maestro. Mauceri, who worked closely with Leonard Bernstein for eighteen years, studied with Leopold Stokowski, and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years, is the perfect guide to the allure and theater, passion and drudgery, rivalries and relationships of the conducting life.


“Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting” can be ordered as hardbound book, ebook, and audiobook (read by John Mauceri).


An Evening with John Mauceri

Posted November 1st, 2017

John will be discussing his upcoming book, “Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting.” This talk is part of Live Talks Los Angles series. It will be held at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre in the New Roads School in Santa Monica, CA, Monday, November 20, 2017 at 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased at LiveTalksLA.org or Eventbright.com.

About “Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting”

Have you every wondered what, exactly, a conductor does? Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting delves inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting for a popular audience.  With candor and humor, John Mauceri shows how conducting itself is a composition, of legacy and tradition, techniques handed down from master to apprentice, and more than a trace of ineffable magic.

Mauceri reveals how conductors approach a piece of music; what it takes to communicate solely through gesture, with sometimes hundreds of performers at once; and the occasionally glamorous, often challenging life of the itinerant maestro.  Mauceri, who worked closely with Leonard Bernstein for eighteen years, studied with Leopold Stokowski, and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years, is the perfect guide to the allure and theater, passion and drudgery, rivalries and relationships of the conducting life.

For more information or to purchase  “Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting” by John Mauceri visit Penguin Random House.

Booklist review of “Maestros and Their Music”

Posted November 13th, 2017

Booklist Online, from the American Library Association, has reviewed “Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting” by John Mauceri. from and advanced reviewed by Sarah Grant, published in the October 15, 2017 issue.

In this zealous memoir, conductor Mauceri, whose decades-long career spans from opera to symphony to Broadway (he is perhaps best known as Leonard Bernstein’s preferred collaborator), describes his lifelong passion for conducting. With descriptions of conducting styles, the evolution of notation, and the differences between Western and Eastern music, as well as more gossipy bits, like difficult orchestra relationships, reactionary symphony boards, and hated critics, the book roves freely from technical musical matters to money. At times self-important, yet at others self-deprecating, Mauceri is most intent on describing the esoteric and paradoxical qualities of being a maestro: giving decisive direction while allowing musicians freedom, making a classic piece new while staying true to the composer’s intent, communicating to the orchestra how a passage should feel and sound—a difficult task indeed, though he returns to these themes somewhat repetitively. All in all, symphony-lovers will be thrilled with the behind-the-scenes details, and aspiring conductors will enjoy the rich industry insight. Those simply curious about how classical music happens will feel drawn in by Mauceri’s palpable passion.

—Sarah Grant


“Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting” can be ordered as hardbound book, ebook, and audiobook (read by John Mauceri).


 

Maestros and Their Music

Posted October 24th, 2017

On November 7, 2017,  John Mauceri and Penguin Random House will be publishing “Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting.”

ABOUT MAESTROS AND THEIR MUSIC

An exuberant, uniquely accessible, beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting, from a celebrated conductor whose international career has spanned half a century.

John Mauceri brings a lifetime of experience to bear in an unprecedented, hugely informative, consistently entertaining exploration of his profession, rich with anecdotes from decades of working alongside the greatest names of the music world. With candor and humor, Mauceri makes clear that conducting is itself a composition: of legacy and tradition, techniques handed down from master to apprentice–and more than a trace of ineffable magic. He reveals how conductors approach a piece of music (a calculated combination of personal interpretation, imagination, and insight into the composer’s intent); what it takes to communicate solely through gesture, with sometimes hundreds of performers at once; and the occasionally glamorous, often challenging life of the itinerant maestro. Mauceri, who worked closely with Leonard Bernstein for eighteen years, studied with Leopold Stokowski, and was on the faculty of Yale University for fifteen years, is the perfect guide to the allure and theater, passion and drudgery, rivalries and relationships of the conducting life.


“Maestros and Their Music: The Art and Alchemy of Conducting” can be pre‑ordered hardbound book, ebook, and audiobook (read by John Mauceri). Visit Penguin Random House for full list of retailers.


PRAISE

“Informative and entertaining… [Mauceri] has an insider’s grasp of the vagaries of the music business… [Maestros and Their Music] will appeal to both musicians and others seeking a broad base of information about conducting and conductors.” —Library Journal

“You think conducting is a matter of a maestro merely knowing the score? Let John Mauceri open your eyes and ears to the mysterious, solitary, itinerant world of the conductor and have all preconceptions blown away. Mauceri rips the smoke and mirrors off his profession with wicked and gleeful lucidity, filling us in on its history and answering questions you didn’t even know to ask. This irresistible and unique book is guaranteed to send you to the concert hall and your CDs with newly educated ears—and heart.” —John Guare, playwright

“Articulate and insightful, John Mauceri unapologetically invites us into his world, offering a perspective seldom shared and little understood. Conductors are largely mysteries and intentionally so. John leads us on a journey, taking apart the complex and rebuilding it in a way that creates a narrative anyone can understand. This book not only unmasks a profession, it does the same for meeting and knowing John himself. Whether you are a board of directors looking for your next music director or simply a music lover, I highly recommend reading this book.” —Anne Parsons, president and CEO of the Detroit Symphony

“Written with the profound insight that comes out of a lifetime of conducting experience, John Mauceri’s brilliant book about maestros and their music will transform your understanding of every concert and opera you attend. Everyone who cares about classical music should read this book.” —Larry Wolff, author of The Singing Turk

“Combining rare insights with personal, sometimes hilarious, recollections and historical anecdotes, John Mauceri has created a remarkably perceptive and charming guide into the mysterious art of the conductor. Part personal confession, part wise explication, Maestros and Their Music will be of tremendous value to anyone who wonders just what that person waving a stick in front of an orchestra is actually doing.” —Stuart Isacoff, author of A Natural History of the Piano