Changing Lives: Gustavo Dudamel, El Sistema and the Transformative Power of Music

Author(s): Tricia Tunstall


When Gustavo Dudamel ascended the podium at the Hollywood Bowl for his inaugural concert as conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, he captivated the hearts of his audience, just as he had the minds of music critics. In Changing Lives, the maestro's story becomes the entry point to El Sistema, the programme that nurtured his talent under the mentorship of its founder, Jose Antonio Abreu. What began in Venezuela has reached children in cities around the world. The goal of El Sistema is unwavering: To rescue children from the depredations of poverty - through music.

Part history, part reportage, this book shows how arts education can effect positive social change.


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"...Ms Tunstall tells a vivid story." The Economist

"...breathless and journalistically skilful prose..." The Times Literary Supplement

"...a combination of plentiful engaging interview material and an evocative sense of place/event...Tunstall has a keen eye for descriptive detail..." Classical Music

"...she [Tunstall] presents an impassioned case for music as a means of effecting social change..." BBC Music Magazine

Tricia Tunstall is both a writer and a music educator. The author of Note by Note: A Celebration of the Piano Lesson, she has written for the Kenyon Review and The New York Times.

General Fields

  • : 9780393344264
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : WW Norton & Co
  • : February 2013
  • : 210mm X 140mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 320
  • : Paperback
  • : Tricia Tunstall