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Ernst Von Dohnanyi

Ernst von Dohnanyi (1877-1960) was one of the most highly respected musicians of his time. He was a virtuoso pianist, composer, and conductor who brought international prominence to Hungarian music. From a young age Dohn nyi enjoyed an international prestige that brought him into contact with such 19th-century masters as Johannes Brahms and Eugene d'Albert. Dohnanyi's technique and interpretive skills as a pianist and conductor are legendary. He is also remembered as the composer of masterpieces for piano, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. As a teacher and administrator, Dohnanyi 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, Dohnanyi's career suffered when he was falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathiser. Although he was eventually able to disprove the allegations, rumours would continue to follow him. In 1953, at the age of 76, Dohnanyi returned to international prominence with a triumphant 're-debut' at Carnegie Hall. Ernst von Dohnanyi: A Song of Life is the first English-language biography of the musician. Written by Ilona von Dohnanyi, Dohnanyi's widow, it presents a unique perspective. The first half of the book relates Dohnanyi's public life through 1937 as a great musician who brought international prominence to Hungarian music through his own unparalleled success as a virtuoso pianist, composer, conductor, and pedagogue. The second half recounts the demise of Dohnanyi's career after World War II, when he was falsely accused of being a Nazi sympathiser and his triumphant return to performing late in life. A book for musicians, music lovers, and anyone interested in Dohnanyi and the musical life of his times.
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Table of Contents

Preliminary Table of Contents: Editor's Preface Introduction Prologue 1877-1894 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 Epilogue 1954-1960 Appendix A: Selected Correspondence Appendix B: Dohnanyi's Lectures at Ohio University Appendix C: Selected Articles Appendix D: Works List

About the Author

Ilona von Dohnanyi (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 Dohnanyi. James A. Grymes established the Ernst von Dohnanyi Collection at Florida State University. The author of Ernst von Dohnanyi: A Bio-Bibliography, his research has appeared in such journals as Music Library Association Notes and Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.


"... 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 "... indispensable for those interested in Dohnanyi's work... " - Times Literary Supplement, April 18 2003

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