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Porter, Andrew. MUSICAL EVENTS: A CHRONICLE, 1983-1986. New York City, NY: Summit Books, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 573 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of music reviews and essays. One of the greatest books on music of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Andrew Porter's "Musical Events: A Chronicle 1983-1986". The fifth and final retrospective collection by the greatest music critic in the Western tradition of the second-half of the 20th century. All of the pieces originally appeared in slightly different form in The New Yorker Magazine. Five volumes, published in chronological order, were published in all. The New Yorker invited the London-based Porter on a "trial" basis, initially to cover just one season that eventually became "A Musical Season: A Critic From Abroad In America" (1974). He stayed on for almost twenty years, helping to cement with his presence New York's supremacy as the arts and music capital of the 20th century. His near-weekly reviews and extended essays on music, thankfully collected for posterity in his retrospective volumes, are unsurpassed to this day. "Nobody reviewing in America has anything like Porter's command of it. Nor has The New Yorker ever before had access through music to so distinguished a mind" (Virgil Thomson). "One of the exceedingly rare examples of a scholar who is also a perceptive critic of the highest rank" (The New Republic). "No critic in the magazine's history - not Edmund Wilson, not Lewis Mumford, not Pauline Kael - possessed greater authority in his or her field" (Alex Ross). Porter's specialty was the human voice and its miraculous range in song, opera, theater, spectacle, and drama, culminating in his magisterial English translation of Wagner's "Ring" (Porter translated thirty-seven operas in all, and was also a world-class scholar). He was incurably curious and passionate about new music, that is, the music of our time, and three of the contemporary composers he discusses at considerable length in this volume are Elliott Carter, Pierre Boulez, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, all writing at the absolute peak of their powers and careers. Andrew Porter died on April 3, 2015 at the age of 87, a permanent loss. An absolute "must-have" title for Andrew Porter collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. The cloth boards are sharp, no bumping at all. All in all, it is the single most beautiful copy of the book we have ever seen. Please note: ALL other copies available online have major flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest music critics of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ANDREW PORTER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0671635379. $60.00

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