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Harold C Schonberg was born and raised in New York City. He served on the staff of the NEW YORK TIMES for nearly thirty years and was senior music critic from 1960 until 1980. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1971, the first in the field of music to receive this honour.
'Extremely readable... well founded in scholarship and well written' TLS 'Panoramic, wittily detailed... equally pleasing to read from end to end, to dip casually, or to consult' NEW YORK TIMES 'Packed with fruity anecdotes' OBSERVER 'Peerless ... the first book any young music lover should read' GUARDIAN