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Durham, Lowell M.
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Publication Information:
Salt Lake City : University of Utah Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
ix, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML422.A24 D9 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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When he retired from conducting in 1979, Maurice Abravanel was the last of the traditional "resident" symphony conductors, his 32-year tenure second only to that of Eugene Ormandy with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This lively account of the life and times of Maurice Abravanel is given immediacy by over 175 photographs and many anecdotes by the Maestro himself. Attractively designed. Includes a discography, but no bibliography. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Durham's book tells the story of a conductor of international stature (Europe, Australia, the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway) who saw the physical beauty and artistic potential of a land "somewhere west of Denver." The story of Maurice Abravanel is also the story of an artist who raised a community orchestra to the heights of national and international importance and gained the support of religious and state leaders in the process. This is also the success story of the Utah Symphony, guided by an artist of dignity and dreams. Written by a man known as a teacher and composer rather than as an author, the book is of such size and pictorial quality that it could easily be mistaken for a coffee-table volume. There are numerous photos--on at least every other page--and frequent quotations and comments by the maestro. The entire work--writing, photography, appendixes, printing--bespeaks quality from beginning to end. It is an informative book, but also one to be read and enjoyed by any student, from high school through college or university, and also by members of the general public. -D. G. Engelhardt, University of Hawaii at Manoa