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.


Now Released! For the Love of Music: A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening – Purchase or Preview here

Posted September 17th, 2019

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With a lifetime of experience, profound knowledge and understanding, and heartwarming appreciation, an internationally celebrated conductor and teacher answers the questions: Why should I listen to classical music? How can I get the most from the listening experience?

A protégé of Leonard Bernstein–his colleague for eighteen years–and an eminent conductor who has toured and recorded all over the world, John Mauceri helps us to reap the joys and pleasures classical music has to offer. Briefly, we learn the way a musical tradition born in ancient Greece, embraced by the Roman Empire, and subsequently nurtured by influences from across the globe, gave shape to the classical music that came to be embraced by cultures from Japan to Bolivia. Then Mauceri examines the music itself, helping us understand what it is we hear when we listen to classical music: how, by a kind of sonic metaphor, it expresses the deepest recesses of human feeling and emotion; how each piece bears the traces of its history; how the concert experience–a unique one each and every time–allows us to discover music anew. Unpretentious, graceful, instructive, this is a book for the aficionado, the novice, and anyone looking to have the love of music fired within them.

Leonard Bernstein: A Centenary Celebration (A Vintage Short) by John Mauceri

Posted September 3rd, 2019

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Published in the United States by Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, New York on September 3, 2019; This Vintage Short by John Mauceri is now available on Kindle.

A Vintage Shorts Original Selection

A dazzling conductor and prodigiously talented composer whose passion for music inspired generations of musicians, Leonard Bernstein is one of the most famous figures in American musical history. Now, acclaimed conductor and musical director John Mauceri, who worked with and learned from Bernstein for eighteen years, gives us an intimate portrait of the beloved maestro. Mauceri warmly recounts delightful stories from his years of world travel and continuous creation alongside ‘Lenny.’  A must-read celebration of the rich and vivacious life of one of the greatest musical minds of our generation.

An ebook short.

Degenerate Music: What Happened to the Art that Hitler Banned?

Posted July 30th, 2019

A lecture by educator and conductor John Mauceri at Neue Galerie New York.

19 November, 2015

Publishers Weekly review of For the Love of Music: A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening

Posted June 7th, 2019

For the Love of Music: A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening

From Publishers Weekly

Classical music is “the epitome of Western art and human expression,” according to this passionate meditation. Grammy Award–winning conductor Mauceri (Maestros and Their Music) takes an impressionistic ramble through the classical canon, celebrating its unique ability to convey narrative drama with extraordinary emotional force despite being a wordless evanescence of “invisible houses made of vibrating air.” In loosely thematic chapters, he sketches basics of music theory, compositional structure (he gives an illuminating discussion of Richard Wagner’s use of leitmotifs, musical phrases associated with characters or events, to orient listeners during his stupefyingly long Ring operas), the electrifying charisma of live acoustic performances with their high-wire displays of physical dexterity married to complex aesthetic decision-making, and the elevating effect of classical music’s suggestion of a harmonious moral order. Writing in graceful, engaging prose, Mauceri weaves in his own experiences of listening and conducting, along with evocative appreciations of favorite pieces. (In Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, a musical portrait of Stalin’s Russia, “the timpani pounds out a repeated series of inflexible and barbaric eighth notes, all of which begin to accelerate, as if we were under the heels of a thousand jackboots.”) Mauceri’s love letter will provoke newbies to give classical a whirl and inspire fans to listen with fresh ears. (Sept.)

Reviewed on : 05/06/2019

For the Love of Music: A Conductor’s Guide to the Art of Listening will be released September 17, 2019.

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Knopf, ISBN 978-0-525-52065-8, Ebook 978-0-525-52066-5