Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society

By Edward W. Said, Daniel Barenboim

Those free-wheeling, usually exhilarating dialogues—which grew out of the acclaimed Carnegie corridor Talks—are an alternate among of the main favorite figures in modern tradition: Daniel Barenboim, the world over well known conductor and pianist, and Edward W. stated, eminent literary critic and impassioned commentator at the center East. Barenboim is an Argentinian-Israeli and stated a Palestinian-American; also they are shut friends.

As they vary throughout tune, literature, and society, they open up many fields of inquiry: the significance of a feeling of position; song as a defiance of silence; the legacies of artists from Mozart and Beethoven to Dickens and Adorno; Wagner’s anti-Semitism; and the necessity for “artistic suggestions” to the main issue of the center East—something they either witnessed once they introduced younger Arab and Israeli musicians jointly. Erudite, intimate, considerate and spontaneous, Parallels and Paradoxes is a virtuosic collaboration.

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In each one case, song was once a formative and defining ardour, fueled by means of recordings and the strangely wealthy musical lifestyles to be present in Cairo and Buenos Aires within the years following global conflict II. whilst Daniel Barenboim drew me into their friendship, it used to be partially in rapid acceptance of extraordinary parallels in my very own historical past. i used to be born into an Armenian kinfolk in Cairo and lots of of my earliest thoughts are musical ones—my brother enjoying Bach innovations for his piano classes or the total kin going to a live performance on the unique Cairo Opera apartment (for which Verdi wrote Aida), the place I keep in mind seeing an ornate white piano reputed to have belonged to King Farouk. My mom and dad attended a number of the related memorable live shows and operas because the teenage Edward stated and, actually, my mom recalls good the stationery shop owned by way of Edward’s father. Edward stated is now most sensible often called a very influential and cutting edge highbrow strength, an astute commentator on literature and tradition, on culture’s dating to society, really in analyzing questions of Orientalism, a box of reviews which he has pioneered. he's additionally a so much forceful and impassioned commentator at the perpetually complicated conflicts within the heart East. yet track nonetheless is still crucial in his highbrow and private existence. He has written an immense physique of musical essays, and he continues to be an complete pianist. As song director of either the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Staatsoper in Berlin, Daniel Barenboim is a imperative determine within the musical global. he's essentially the most recorded artists in heritage, with an almost fifty-year span of recordings relationship again to his earliest discs made while he used to be in his youth. He has taken a number of hugely public and brave stands, changing into an outspoken suggest for the functionality of Wagner’s track in Israel, combating the lingering presence of anti-Semitism in Germany’s cultural politics, and changing into the 1st and such a lot well-liked Israeli musician ever to accomplish within the Palestinian West financial institution (an invitation equipped, no longer unusually, via Edward Said). The Barenboim/Said friendship has had quite a few fruitful public manifestations. In 1999, the 2 have been valuable to a daring scan in bringing jointly Israeli and Arab musicians to Weimar, Germany, as a part of a party of the 250th anniversary of Goethe’s delivery. That Weimar workshop has when you consider that been repeated either in Germany and in Chicago. Edward stated tailored and wrote a connective narrative for Daniel Bar-enboim’s live performance performances in Chicago of Beethoven’s Fidelio, in addition to this system essay for the next Barenboim/Berlin recording of the opera. they've got held nu- merous public dialogues on a variety of musical issues, of which have been the place to begin of this present ebook. The conversations during this e-book came about over the span of 5 years. they're a selective and unavoidably compressed distillation of an ongoing discussion among awesome artistic minds. My thank you cross, firstly, to Edward acknowledged and Daniel Barenboim for the large excitement in their corporation, either in individual and on paper.

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