Shoeshing Symphony by David Broekman
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Shoeshing Symphony

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A musician's memoirs that is distinctly a refugee from the stuffed-shirt school for the author's account of his poverty in Hollywood and his determination to get a symphony performed at the Hollywood bowl -- a thing of fun and frenzy. As a commentary on American musical life it lacks any kind of humor, in its biting picture of the price it costs to be a musician, but the high, wide and handsome vicissitudes that attended the creation and production of his work are described in minor lunacy. New- from his program of planned borrowing- he connected with one Tuttle, who in turn kept him on a minute stipend so that the music could be written; how the Hawk and his wife kept pace with the work in progress, how the financing, choral, business ends of the production were managed, how his family lived during the period, how debt dedging get to be a fine art, and how- in spite of landlords, phony nonsense and all over bedlam, he finally stood on the podium to conduct his work, is a picture that gives quite another side to the artistic life. Not a book for the arty music lover, but for these interested in young musicians and their problems.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1948
Publisher: Simon & Schuster