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George Enescu: His Life and Music
ISBN 0 907689 329, 320 pp., illustrated, 26 music exx., List of Works, List of Recordings, Index
'The writing is straightforward,
based on thorough research…Highly recommended'
The Romanian composer George Enescu (1881–1955) is one of the neglected giants of the twentieth century. Prodigiously gifted, he became best known in America as a conductor (where he was considered as a successor to Toscanini in New York) and in Europe as one of the greatest violinists of the century. But he was first and foremost a composer; and, tragically, his mature works – works of extraordinary emotional depth and intricate beauty – remain virtually unknown outside Romania. This, the first full-length study of Enescu to be written in English, tells the story of his life and development as a composer. All of Enescu’s published compositions, and many unpublished works, are discussed. The book is intended for the non-specialist reader as well as for the musicologist. There is a detailed catalogue of Enescu’s compositions and a list of all his known recordings as conductor, violinist and pianist.