Synopses & Reviews
Robert Shaw is considered to be the most influential choral conductor in American history. This is the first collection of his letters and notes about music ever publishedand#151;at another time, it is the book Shaw would have written himself.
The letters are an invigorating mix of music history and analysis, philosophy, inspiration, and practical advice. Shaw examines technique, but only as a means to an endand#151;he moves beyond that, delving into the essence of what music is and what it has to say to us. The heart of the book is composed of Shawand#8217;s previously unpublished notes on fifteen major choral works, ranging from Bachand#8217;s B Minor Mass to Stravinskyand#8217;s Symphony of Psalms.
Often inspiring and sometime hilarious, these writings reveal the full breadth of Shawand#8217;s knowledge, intensity, and humor.
"I can't remember a time when I didn't know and revere Robert Shaw. The best of 20th century choral musicianship was to be found in him, and I am delighted that he now lives again in these pages for a new generation to discover and enjoy."and#8212;Peter J. Gomes, Harvard University
and#8220;A significant bookand#8212;making available in print the musical insights of arguably the preeminent choral conductor America has produced."and#8212;Milburn Price, former president of the American Choral Directors Association
About the Author
Robert Blocker is the Lucy and Henry Moses Dean of the Yale School of Music.