Dear Dorothy: Letters from Nicolas Slonimsky to Dorothy by Nicolas Slonimsky

By Nicolas Slonimsky

Within the mid-twentieth century well known musicologist, conductor, and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky traveled to towns through the global to play and behavior track of the yank avant-garde. From journeys to Paris, Berlin, Havana, long island, la, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, and Moscow, Slonimsky wrote letters to his spouse, the paintings critic Dorothy Adlow, vividly and humorously describing his adventures. "Dear Dorothy: Letters from Nicolas Slonimsky to Dorothy Adlow" is a set of those missives. even though own, they chronicle Slonimsky's paintings as an envoy of recent track who brought twentieth-century composers, relatively American composers, to audiences around the world. jam-packed with his well-liked wit and effort, the letters recount his performances, rehearsals, lectures, day by day actions in overseas towns and live performance halls, and the anxieties of stretching constrained cash to hide an ever-expanding itinerary. additionally they show an aspect of Slonimsky no longer obvious from his different released writings: a guy with deep devotion to his spouse and family members. Annotated and with an creation by way of Slonimsky's daughter, Electra Slonimsky Yourke, this assortment files the assembly of old musical cultures-Old global Europe, the Soviet Union, and the colourful international locations of Latin America-with the modernist track of the U.S.. Written in a full of life, funny kind, those letters can be of curiosity to students and scholars of yankee tune and social historians in addition to musicians, song fanatics, and concertgoers. Electra Slonimsky Yourke is the daughter of Nicolas Slonimsky and Dorothy Adlow, and editor of a number of collections of her father's paintings, together with "The Listener's Companion" and the four-volume "Writings on Music". Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995) was once a Renaissance guy within the modern-music global of the mid-twentieth century. Composer, conductor, critic, and lexicographer, he authored many books together with "Lexicon of Musical Invective: serious attacks on Composers on the grounds that Beethoven's Time" and a memoir, "Perfect Pitch".

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He loved the product. The appeal is emotional. But when you sell a truck, you talk performance. That’s factual selling. So the craft is about language, by which I mean that though my father and grandfather might have more completely welcomed me into the patrimonial lineage of Moodys had I become a bona fide salesman, maybe being a writer and being a salesman are not so different: Selling is one of the subtle arts, which throws mind against mind, tongue against tongue, firmness against firmness.

Can I interest you in a recorded tour today? These patrons had erroneously believed themselves already separated from their cash. ) One reasonable concern of many of the de Young patrons to whom we pitched our product had to do with the earphones themselves, which hung on the ear, a single ear, suspended by a plastic frame, rather than being inserted into or worn over both ears as they are now. Customers wanted to be sure that the earphones were disinfected after each use. Well, we were happy to report to these compulsive hand-washers that it was the responsibility of one company runner (it was the task at the de Young that I most looked forward to, because it involved no contact with the public) to collect these earpieces at the end of the exhibit, along with the cassette players.

I read The Confidence Man over lunch. But I did learn the hard way some of Herbert Metz’s essential rules of salesmanship: 1. When you are lining up a dealer, go out with him and give him a practical demonstration of the market for your product by selling it to him. It is foolish and very often disastrous to lower your head and keep bucking the line in the same old place. ” 4. ” Believe in it enthusiastically, whole-heartedly, and sincerely. Above all, realize how important selling is to you and to the country’s economy, and glory in the work you are doing to the point that you get a greater kick and thrill out of it than anything else that you could do.

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