Riccardo Muti releases new book (but you have to know Italian to read it)

By Candice Agree |

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Riccardo Muti (Photo: Pietro Paolini)

Riccardo Muti’s latest book, L’infinito tra le note: Il mio viaggio nella musica (which translates to English as “Infinity Between the Notes: My Journey in Music”), is now on the shelves of Italian bookstores. Published by Solferino, Muti’s second autobiography finds the Maestro reflecting on some of his favorite themes: the great conductors of the past, the composers Verdi and Mozart, unjustly neglected and forgotten Italian composers, and his founding of the Cherubini Youth Orchestra, an orchestral training program for musicians between the ages of 18 and 27.

Throughout his prestigious career, Muti, Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2010, has received a multitude of awards, including the Japan Art Association’s Praemium Imperiale, Spain’s Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts, and a Grammy Award in 2011 for his recording of the Verdi Requiem, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

Despite his tireless activity in the musical realm, he has not neglected the written word. His bibliography includes two previous titles: Prima la musica poi le parole (First the Music, Then the Words), published in 2010 and available in English translation, and Verdi, l’Italiano (Verdi, the Italian) in 2012. Fingers crossed that L’infinito tra le note will find an English translation soon.