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Michael Steinberg, 1928-2009

It's a mark of Michael Steinberg's unique place in American cultural life that his career as a musicologist touched so personally and deeply so many people from all walks. Most of us first "met" Steinberg in the half-dark of an auditorium just before a concert. While the instrumentalists tuned, there in our laps were program notes that were scholarly, elegant, touching and witty. Just like the man himself. Reading Steinberg, or talking with him, one became aware that classical music is an endeavor every bit as rewarding of serious lifelong study as politics, religion, business, etc. Through Steinberg, one began to fall in love with brand new pieces, or old favorites all over again. Is there a greater gift?
— Brian Newhouse

From Minnesota Public Radio

Michael SteinbergRenowned musicologist Michael Steinberg dies
Steinberg, 80, was widely regarded as one the most important classical music critics and served as an advisor to the Minnesota Orchestra.

Michael Steinberg: Salut d'Amour
Classical broadcaster Eric Friesen was host of "The Music Room" and the Minnesota Orchestra on Classical Minnesota Public Radio from 1991-97. He has also worked at Public Radio International and the CBC. He shares his thoughts on the passing of Michael Steinberg.

Michael Steinberg on Beethoven's 'Missa Solemnis'
MPR classical host Steve Staruch talks with the Minnesota Orchestra's Michael Steinberg about the Beethoven "Missa Solemnis," in the final concert of the orchestra's 2008-2009 season.

For the Love of Michael
American Public Media's Vaughn Ormseth considers what Michael Steinberg's work meant to his readers and the artists he championed.

Michael Steinberg's Legacy
Brian Newhouse discusses Michael Steinberg's legacy with Tom Crann of MPR News.

Michael Steinberg's Books
Rex Levang didn't know Michael Steinberg, but made a connection through his books.

Your Voice

Classical Notes: Your Memories
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Images of Michael Steinberg
Photos from Steinberg's books and an appearance in June.
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From the Archive: Steinberg on Music

  • How Steinberg listened to the 1940 Fantasia soundtrack (an early influence)
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  • Steinberg reminisces on the importance that record stores played in his education
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  • Melissa Ousley talks with Steinberg about the movie "A Hundred Men and a Girl"
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  • Fred Child talks with Steinberg about Mozart's ability to convey lost love in music
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  • Mindy Ratner talks with Steinberg about Mahler
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 3
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 4
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 5
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 6
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 7
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 8
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 9
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  • Steinberg on Mahler's Symphony No. 10
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  • Tom Crann, host of All Things Considered, interviews Brian Newhouse about Michael Steinberg
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