Georg Tintner was a pacifist, a vegan, and a cyclist, but most of all he was a musician. Tanya Buchdahl Tintner, his 3rd wife has researched his life before their marriage and brought us this story of Tintner's successes which are each time negated by the musical world's rejection of him. Tintner lived a hard life, with much of the difficulty being self-imposed by his priciples. Science fiction writers often write about an alternate universe. Tintner lived in an alternate universe that would be very difficult for most others to understand.
I was struck by Ms. Tintner's objectivity in reconstructing his story. This does not mean that she sticks to the facts, but that her observations and explanations seemed to me to be very believable. Her observations are often critical of Georg Tintner as well as often very supportive of him.
In the last third of the book dealing with the period of their marriage, the perspective shifts from third person to first. This is almost jarring, but it is reasonable and, I think, necessary. Ms. Tintner has a sufficient knowledge of music to help us appreciate some of the finer points of Georg Tintner's composing and conducting.
Prior to reading this book, I had heard Tintner's Bruckner recordings and liked them very much. While reading it, I tried to acquire other recordings he had made. Tintner wrote the liner notes for the Bruckner recordings on Naxos and on several other Naxos releases he gives a spoken introduction to the piece that he conducts on the disc. These recordings, notes, and comments are a useful supplement to this book in coming to terms with Georg Tintner.
I think only Tanya Tintner could have written this book. It was written with love and it has helped to generate respect and admiration.