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By Alan Walker

Hans von Bülow is a key determine in nineteenth century track whose occupation course used to be as vast because it used to be profitable. track history's first virtuoso orchestral conductor, Bülow created the version for the profession-both in musical brilliance and in domineering personality-which nonetheless holds forth this day. He used to be an eminent and popular live performance pianist, a revered (and frequently feared) instructor and song critic, an influential editor of works by means of Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Beethoven, and a composer in a number of musical genres. As a scholar and son-in-law of Franz Liszt, and estranged good friend of Richard Wagner (for whom his spouse Cosima famously left him), Bülow is intricately attached with the canonical greats of the interval. but regardless of his severe and lasting value for orchestral track, Bülow's lifestyles and demanding achievements haven't begun to be heralded in biographical shape.

In Hans von Bülow: A existence and Times, Alan Walker, the acclaimed writer of diverse award-winning books at the era's iconic composers, offers the 1st full-length English biography of this notable musical determine. Walker strains Bülow's existence in illuminating and fascinating aspect, from the 1st piano classes of his boyhood days, to his first American journey, to his final days as conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. Unearthing Bülow's huge and formerly unavailable correspondence and writings, Walker conveys fun and informative anecdotes approximately this certain musical legend- from his sardonic and shrewdpermanent character to his meticulous devotion to his work-and finds enlightening insights at the still-contested sensibilities of musical-compositional type and "idea" at play within the shiny musical international of which Bülowwas a part.

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