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 Posted:   Sep 20, 2022 - 7:53 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

The October issue of Gramophone Magazine contains a rave review of John Mauceri's newest book, (along with a photo of Miklos Rozsa working at his piano).

https://smile.amazon.com/War-Music-Reclaiming-Twentieth-Century/dp/0300233701/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2CPB54JYE0D09&keywords=john+mauceri%2C+the+war+on+music&qid=1663728511&s=books&sprefix=jiohn+mauceri%2Cstripbooks%2C140&sr=1-1

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 7:32 AM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

The 1939 photo or one from M-G-M?

While Mauceri has long been an advocate for Hollywood film music, I don't think that is the primary thrust of his very interesting book. Good film music is only one of the musical genres that have been suppressed by cultural gatekeepers.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   Fausto   (Member)

I don't really like reading books especially doing literary reviews on them. Ever since I was a student I did not like this subject always used https://www.litreview.net/ additional resources as and was satisfied

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

"The 1939 photo or one from M-G-M?"

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Is there only one photo extant of Rozsa playing the piano in 1939? In any case, with help from my magnifying glass, I can report that the sheet music on which Dr. Rozsa is pretending to compose with his pencil is "Assyrian Dance," so the correct answer to the quiz is "MGM."

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 7:12 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

"While Mauceri has long been an advocate for Hollywood film music, I don't think that is the primary thrust of his very interesting book. Good film music is only one of the musical genres that have been suppressed by cultural gatekeepers."


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I included the Amazon link so that the scope of Mauceri's thesis would be explained:


"This book offers a major reassessment of classical music in the twentieth century. John Mauceri argues that the history of music during this span was shaped by three major wars of that century: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

Probing why so few works have been added to the canon since 1930, Mauceri examines the trajectories of great composers who, following World War I, created voices that were unique and versatile, but superficially simpler. He contends that the fate of composers during World War II is inextricably linked to the political goals of their respective governments, resulting in the silencing of experimental music in Germany, Italy, and Russia; the exodus of composers to America; and the sudden return of experimental music—what he calls 'the institutional avant-garde'—as the lingua franca of classical music in the West during the Cold War."


Guy Rickards' review has room to go into more detail, including:

"... And so a new avant-garde emerged and was fostered as an ideological brigade to spearhead the West's Cold War ideological battle with the Communist East, and an entire generation of music was lost in the process. Mauceri's sympathies clearly lie with those emigre composers -- Rozsa, Tiomkin, Waxman, Korngold, et al -- and with film music, which he has been bringing into the concert hall and to disc for years."

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

"I don't really like reading books especially doing literary reviews on them. Ever since I was a student I did not like this subject always used https://www.litreview.net/ additional resources as and was satisfied."

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In that case, Fausto, I have good news: You don't have to read Mr. Mauceri's book, let alone write a review of it. That said, I do highly recommend listening to Mauceri's film music albums, if you haven't already done so.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2022 - 10:37 PM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Oops! John is too polite to point out that he's already scooped me with his earlier Mauceri book thread:

https://filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?threadID=148272&forumID=1&archive=0&pageID=1&r=525#bottom

 
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