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“A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune   From a small town in the south of Italy to the pinnacle of the classical music world, Riccardo Muti has enthralled audiences across the globe as conductor of the world’s m “A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune   From a small town in the south of Italy to the pinnacle of the classical music world, Riccardo Muti has enthralled audiences across the globe as conductor of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and opera houses. Now, after fifty years on the podium, he reflects on an extraordinary career, working with the great artists of his generation. Here, for the first time, he shares the personal anecdotes and revelations of a remarkable life in music.


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“A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune   From a small town in the south of Italy to the pinnacle of the classical music world, Riccardo Muti has enthralled audiences across the globe as conductor of the world’s m “A vivid portrait of life at the top of a podium heap…[a] fascinating memoir – a must-read for all who would gain insights into what makes a dedicated and complicated man of music tick.” ~Chicago Tribune   From a small town in the south of Italy to the pinnacle of the classical music world, Riccardo Muti has enthralled audiences across the globe as conductor of the world’s most prestigious orchestras and opera houses. Now, after fifty years on the podium, he reflects on an extraordinary career, working with the great artists of his generation. Here, for the first time, he shares the personal anecdotes and revelations of a remarkable life in music.

30 review for Riccardo Muti: An Autobiography: First the Music, Then the Words

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    a professional, rather than personal, biography

  2. 5 out of 5

    Msellen88

    I have always been a big fan of Riccardo Muti. I was lucky enough to see him once at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and when he took to the podium to begin the Verdi opera, I Due Foscari, the entire audience was in complete awe. He is the greatest living conductor and he shows no signs of stopping his life as a working musician. I bought his book to get a bit more insight into his personal life and his particular point of view. He gives the reader his deepest thoughts about music theory, composit I have always been a big fan of Riccardo Muti. I was lucky enough to see him once at the Teatro dell'Opera in Rome and when he took to the podium to begin the Verdi opera, I Due Foscari, the entire audience was in complete awe. He is the greatest living conductor and he shows no signs of stopping his life as a working musician. I bought his book to get a bit more insight into his personal life and his particular point of view. He gives the reader his deepest thoughts about music theory, composition and the immense skill it takes to interpret the great works of Verdi (his wheelhouse), Rossini, Puccini, Mozart, Beethoven and other great classical composers. He does not reveal too much about his personal life. He mentions his wife a few times and he mentions each of his children only once. Muti's autobiography is more of a history of his education and career, from a reluctant violin student as a young boy to his studies with some of the greatest conductors and composers. It was interesting to hear him talk about his time at La Scala and the evening of Luciano Pavarotti's infamous "vocal error" for which the arrogant Milan audience punished him. (Pavarotti has a different version of the same event in his own autobiography). Muti says very little about his own sudden exit from La Scala, describing it as tempestuous and turbulent. There is certainly more to THAT story. He says about that event "I don't want to think about it and I prefer to focus instead on the marvelous and particularly lively period in which my life joined with that of the theater." That is the lesson that Muti is trying to teach all of us. The past is the past and we should look only at the beautiful moments of life. I really enjoyed Muti's own story as he tells it. He also goes deep into the technical aspects of orchestration and composition, most of which was well beyond my comprehension as a non-musician.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Cohen

    Jeanne Maestro Muti has graced Chicago with his leadership for the last five years as musical director. He has brought into our lives the true belief in the power of music. Reading this book makes me realize how much demand is placed on family with this globe trotting existence. May he and his Christina live long and happy days. Hopefully in Chicago for part of the years

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I only read three pages and the text just seemed stilted to me. Ricardo Muti is obviously not a writer so an established author should have have written his biography.

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