Synopses & Reviews
"... a rare kind of biography and autobiography: a clear and elegant exposition of fact, as well as a humane portrait of a great piano virtuoso, composer, teacher, and democratic soul, as told to and seen through the eyes of one close to him." --Mark Mitchell
Ernst von Dohnányi (1877-1960) was one of the most highly respected musicians of his time. The young Dohnányi enjoyed an international prestige that brought him into contact with such 19th-century masters as Johannes Brahms and Eugène d'Albert. He is remembered for his technique and interpretive skills as a pianist and conductor, as well as for the masterpieces he composed for piano, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. As a teacher and administrator, Dohnányi was responsible for the training of an entire generation of musicians in Hungary, and for helping to shape the country's musical culture. After World War II, his career foundered when he was falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathizer. In 1953, at the age of 76, Dohnányi returned to international prominence with a triumphant "re-debut" at Carnegie Hall. Ernst von Dohnányi: A Song of Life, written from a firsthand perspective by Dohnányi's widow, is the first full English-language biography of the artist.
"... this first biography in English is intriguing and most welcome... and full of details about this brilliant musician and his time. Highly recommended to all readers." ----J. L. Patterson, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Choice, January 2003 Indiana University Press Indiana University Press
"Ilona von Dohnányi has written a very moving memoir of her famous husband.... She paints a compelling portrait of the man and his dramatic life and times." --Stringendo
About the Author
Ilona von Dohnányi (1909-1988) was a journalist and historical novelist who also wrote biographies of composers Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioacchino Rossini, and Robert and Clara Schumann. Her other books include From Death to Life and Message to Posterity from Ernst von Dohnányi.
James A. Grymes established the Ernst von Dohnányi Collection at Florida State University. The author of Ernst von Dohnányi: A Bio-Bibliography, his research has appeared in such journals as Music Library Association Notes and Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
Chapter 1. 1894-1897
Chapter 2. 1897-1905
Chapter 3. 1905-1919
Chapter 4. 1919-1936
Chapter 5. 1937-1944
Chapter 6. 1944-1946
Chapter 7. 1946-1948
Chapter 8. 1948-1949
Chapter 9. 1949-1953
Appendix A: Selected Correspondence
Appendix B: Dohnányi's Lectures at Ohio University
Appendix C: Selected Articles
Appendix D: Works List