Hans Von Bulow: A Life and Times

Alan Walker


Hans Von Bulow: A Life and Times

Hans Von Bulow: A Life and Times

  • Title: Hans Von Bulow: A Life and Times
  • Author: Alan Walker
  • ISBN: 9780195368680
  • Page: 342
  • Format: Hardcover



Hans von Bulow is a key figure in 19th century music whose career path was as broad as it was successful Music history s first virtuoso orchestral conductor, Bulow created the model for the profession both in musical brilliance and in domineering personality which still holds forth today He was an eminent and renowned concert pianist, a respected and often feared teachHans von Bulow is a key figure in 19th century music whose career path was as broad as it was successful Music history s first virtuoso orchestral conductor, Bulow created the model for the profession both in musical brilliance and in domineering personality which still holds forth today He was an eminent and renowned concert pianist, a respected and often feared teacher and music critic, an influential editor of works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Beethoven, and a composer in a variety of musical genres As a student and son in law of Franz Liszt, and estranged friend of Richard Wagner for whom his wife Cosima famously left him , Bulow is intricately connected with the canonical greats of the period Yet despite his critical and lasting importance for orchestral music, Bulow s life and significant achievements have yet to be heralded in biographical form.In Hans von Bulow A Life and Times, Alan Walker, the acclaimed author of numerous award winning books on the era s iconic composers, provides the first full length English biography of this remarkable musical figure Walker traces Bulow s life in illuminating and engaging detail, from the first piano lessons of his boyhood days, to his first American tour, to his last days as conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Unearthing Bulow s extensive and previously unavailable correspondence and writings, Walker conveys amusing and informative anecdotes about this unique musical legend from his sardonic and clever personality to his meticulous devotion to his work and reveals enlightening insights on the still contested sensibilities of musical compositional style and idea at play in the vibrant musical world of which Bulowwas a part.


Recent Comments "Hans Von Bulow: A Life and Times"

This is the first full biography of this influential musician to appear in English, filling an important gap in the history of late nineteenth century music. Bulow (1830 – 1894) studied both jurisprudence and music and, after the predictable conflict with his family, bolstered by letters of support from Liszt and Wagner, was able to devote his subsequent life exclusively to music. He studied piano and conducting with Liszt in Weimar and subsequently established himself as a pianist and teacher [...]

Perhaps it's mean to give only four stars, on the grounds that there is so much detail, fascinating in itself, but which gets in the way of the narrative, especially because Bulow was probably the most honourable of the prominent European musical greats of the mid-19th century, as well as being unfairly eclipsed by more starry characters such as Wagner. His name had figured largely in my musical consciousness for forty years before this spectacular book appeared, while my bookshelf of musical bi [...]

Alan Walker's usual superb musical scholarship and superior writing are enlisted in the only English language biography to date of one of the musical giants of the 19th century. von Bulow was one of the greatest pianists and arguably the greatest conductor of the 19th century as well as the model for all modern conductors who followed.A must read for all of the devotees of the music and musicians of that era.


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