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The Secret Magic of Music: Conversations with Musical Masters

Ida Lichter

ISBN: 978-1-59079-305-3
368 pages, Trade Paperback


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Great music has the power of transformation. Understanding and appreciating classical music can enlighten, uplift, and educate not only the intellect but the soul. In The Secret Magic of Music, classical music devotee and psychiatrist Ida Lichter uncovers a more accessible side of music. By providing the performersí insights, Lichter provides a special look into how great music can bring happiness and spiritual meaning to its listeners.

The Secret Magic of Music is a collection of thought pieces based on interviews with the foremost conductors and performers of chamber music. It is organized by performing artist and is intended to provide each musicianís perception of classical musicís value and social function. As the journey from the score to the listener takes place, Lichter reveals how each performerís passion, dedication, and outstanding talent affects their lives, their performances, and their listeners. Lichter explores why classical music is often considered unpalatable to the casual listener, how it can have the power to heal, and its function in therapy, among other loaded questions.

Not only does The Secret Magic of Music enrich the experience of music lovers; it introduces new listeners to classical musicís pleasures, mysteries, and transformational potential. Music has the ability to cross cultural borders and span personal difference, to unite people on common ground they might otherwise never find. The importance of passing on the appreciation of our musical heritage to the next generation is real. To lose it would be inexcusable.

Dr. Lichter is committed to enhancing audience enjoyment of music and exploring the links between music and other specialties, such as art, architecture, wine, and archeology.


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