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George Enescu: His Life and Music
by Noel Malcolm

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'
--D. G. Engelhardt, Choice

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 All of Enescu’s published compositions, and many unpublished works, are discussed.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.



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