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Marek, George R. (George Richard) 1902-1987

Works: 111 works in 372 publications in 8 languages and 12,706 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Stories, plots, etc  Plot summaries  Operas  Librettos  Live sound recordings  Discographies  Original cast recordings  Musical settings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Producer, Commentator, Narrator, Performer, Interviewee, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: ML410.S93, B
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Most widely held works about George R Marek
Most widely held works by George R Marek
Beethoven : biography of a genius by George R Marek( Book )

46 editions published between 1961 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 1,627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A readable, lively biography that gives a detailed and colorful account of Beethoven's personality and unique quality of genius
The eagles die: Franz Joseph, Elisabeth, and their Austria by George R Marek( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1975 in English and German and held by 1,275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Strauss : the life of a non-hero by George R Marek( Book )

26 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chopin by George R Marek( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 978 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Blurb: Against the tumultuous background of Europe in the first half of the nineteenth century-political revolution and social upheaval-this beguiling biography presents the young Polish genius (and patriot) who arrived in Paris in 1831, at the age of twenty-one, and was instantly acclaimed and accepted by its circle of brilliant artists, poets and aristocrats. The tide of Romanticism was at its height-in literature, painting, manners and morals. The mistresses of great men were hardly less famous than their lovers, and extravagance was-in that segment of society-the order of the day. Despite his ingrained reserve and conservatism, Chopin quickly absorbed the tastes of his new intimates. And a notable crew they were: Delacroix, Heine, Liszt, the superb Pauline Viardot-Turgenev's muse-and the resident Polish grandees. The beautiful wife of one expatriate nobleman, Delfina Potocka, became a pupil of Chopin's not long after he settled in Paris, and a newly discovered batch of letters to her-startlingly explicit in their eroticism-reveal unsuspected details about their relationship. Then came the nine years with George Sand-in Paris, Nohant, Majorca and Nohant again-years of marvelous creativity in Chopin's life but also the period when the onslaughts of tuberculosis, of which he was to die at the age of thirty-nine, first became menacing, exacerbated by the mounting tensions between the two lovers. Marek writes absorbingly of Chopin's relationships with Sand's son and daughter, with her former lovers, her friends and competitors-all of whom, like true Romantics, poured out their feelings in letters to (and about) one another. Chopin's last years, after his break with Sand, were marked by worsening health and increasing fame. But he was sustained by the unfailing tenderness of his friends, who outdid one another to protect, divert, and console him. And the drama of his life did not end with his death. The subsequent fate of his manuscripts, possessions and -specifically-George Sand's letters to him provide a tragicomic epilogue to the turbulent story
Gentle genius : the story of Felix Mendelssohn by George R Marek( Book )

25 editions published between 1972 and 1975 in 3 languages and held by 911 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Schubert by George R Marek( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Of all the great composers, Franz Schubert, who lived a mere thirty-one years, from 1797 to 1828, was perhaps the most fondly regarded by his contemporaries. And now, more than a hundred years after his death, he still charms us as his music, especially his songs, transports us from deep and death-regarding despair to the sunniest of moods. Drawing on considerable new material from Viennese sources, George Marek describes in detail how Schubert lived and died, explains how his genius flourished even in so short a lifetime, and discusses what his music means to today's audiences. Nobody knows better than Marek how inseparable were Schubert and his native Vienna, and he evokes that most musical of cities from court to coffeehouse. Marek delineates the composer's gift for warm friendship, explores the mystery that all fifteen operas (by the man who wrote more than six hundred of the world's greatest songs) were stillborn, and depicts the famous evening "Schubertiads" that so enchanted Schubert's contemporaries. Along with affection, Schubert has induced a good deal of almost condescending legend: the lovable, roly-poly, penniless, myopic, absentminded little fellow scribbling inspired but largely unappreciated notes on the backs of envelopes in taprooms and coffeehouses and at the musicales of friends. How simplistic and how often wrong these myths are, and how much more complex and fascinating a man Schubert was, is poignantly set forth here. And Marek magically makes us feel Schubert's immortal music--from song to symphony, from quartet and sonata to mass--the love for which is inevitably proportionate to our love for all music [Publisher description]
Toscanini by George R Marek( Book )

12 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cosima Wagner by George R Marek( Book )

27 editions published between 1981 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attempts to recreate the complex personality of Franz Liszt's daughter Cosima, and her relationships with Richard Wagner, King Ludwig of Bavaria, and Friedrich Nietzsche
The bed and the throne : the life of Isabella d'Este by George R Marek( Book )

8 editions published in 1976 in English and French and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world treasury of grand opera : its triumphs, trials, and great personalities by George R Marek( Book )

9 editions published between 1957 and 1972 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of more than 75 writings about opera includes introductory notes and essays by the editor. The material is grouped under these headings: Italian opera; French opera; German opera; Opera houses and audiences; For and against translation; Singers and conducting; Crisis of opera
Puccini : a biography by George R Marek( Book )

12 editions published between 1951 and 1952 in English and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Opera as theater by George R Marek( Book )

14 editions published between 1962 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Strauss, Der Rosenkavalier : comedy for music in three acts( Book )

4 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 457 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A front seat at the opera by George R Marek( Book )

10 editions published between 1948 and 1971 in English and held by 397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How now, Dow Jones : a new musical comedy by Elmer Bernstein( )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 326 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Good housekeeping guide to musical enjoyment by George R Marek( Book )

4 editions published in 1949 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bach on records by George R Marek( Book )

3 editions published in 1942 in English and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Il tabarro by Giacomo Puccini( Recording )

3 editions published in 1956 in Italian and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Booklet contains libretto
Der Rosenkavalier : comedy for music in three acts( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 56 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beethoven on records by George R Marek( Book )

4 editions published in 1942 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Alternative Names
George Richard Marek American music executive and biographer

George Richard Marek Amerikaans muziekbestuurder (1902-1987)

Marek George R.

Marek George Richard

Marek, George Richard, 1902-

Marek, George Richard 1902-1987

Марек, Джордж 1902-

جورج ريتشارد ماريك

マレック, ジョージ・R.

English (190)

German (25)

Polish (13)

Spanish (11)

Japanese (5)

Italian (3)

French (1)

Russian (1)