Scores to Settle : Stories of the Struggle to Create Great Music

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
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Scores to Settlebrings classical music to life through stories about the struggle to create and perform it. FollowingGrace Notes for a Year, Norman Gillilandrs"s popular earlier book of musical anecdotes,Scores to Settlebrings together 366 brief true stories ranging from the inspirational to the burlesque, all of them illuminating the musical experience for composers, musicians, and listeners.

Author Biography

Norman Gilliland has hosted classical music radio broadcasts since 1977. He is the creator of the radio feature Grace Notes, which airs daily on many public radio stations nationwide. He is the author of a historical novel, Sand Mansions, and lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.


“The inattention of the Fritz Scheel players to Sousa’s conducting stirred up such rancor between the two groups of musicians that the Americans threatened fisticuffs if the slight continued. After polite applause greeted the Scheel orchestra’s performance of Mignon, Sousa’s band played an impeccable William Tell, and, during a thunderous ovation, Sousa did what he called ‘the meanest thing in my life.’”

Excerpted from Scores to Settle: Stories of the Struggle to Create Great Music by Norman Gilliland
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