Tanglewood by Andrew L. Pincus
The Clash Between Tradition and Change

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An internationally renowned and beloved music festival, Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and site of the Tanglewood Music Center, a prestigious academy for advanced studies in classical music. This work explores the dynamics affecting Tanglewood within the larger context of recent trends in American musical life, including dwindling audiences for classical music and growing commercialism in the arts. Andrew L. Pincus begins his lively narrative with an account of Tanglewood's rich history, from founder Serge Koussevitzky's vision of a great music festival and academy to Seiji Ozawa's controversial tenure as BSO director. He describes the construction of the acclaimed Seiji Ozawa Hall and the publicity glitz surrounding its gala opening in 1994 as both a turning point for Tanglewood's passage to a new era and a link to its past. Pincus traces Ozawa's demanding conducting career, fully exploring mounting criticism of his repertoire and commitment to the BSO and Tanglewood, and recalls how Leonard Bernstein and other important figures influenced Tanglewood's legacy.
 

About Andrew L. Pincus

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Pincus is the classical music critic for the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
 
Published May 27, 1998 by Northeastern University Press. 210 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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warning that the grass, chairs and tables, with their commanding view of the lake and hills, were for the use of club members only.— That the club in question was an outgrowth of the construction—with monies provided by the conductor’s friends at the Sony Corporation—of Seiji Ozawa Hall illuminat...

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The main story is clearly Ozawa, whom one resigning Tanglewood official, the noted pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher, called ""unprofessional, unprincipled, duplicitous, and totally self-serving."" Perhaps in an attempt to be evenhanded (or perhaps anxious over Ozawa's enormous power in the Bos...

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