The Way We Listen Now and Other Writings on Music

The Way We Listen Now and Other Writings on Music

by Bayan Northcott
     
 

Published in association with the Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust. Over the last forty years Bayan Northcott has established himself as one of London's leading music critics, a figure much admired by Hans Keller (1919-85) whose ideas he frequently invokes. Moving easily between the classics and the moderns, and writing with exceptional acuity, he brings a vast…  See more details below

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Published in association with the Cosman Keller Art and Music Trust. Over the last forty years Bayan Northcott has established himself as one of London's leading music critics, a figure much admired by Hans Keller (1919-85) whose ideas he frequently invokes. Moving easily between the classics and the moderns, and writing with exceptional acuity, he brings a vast knowledge to bear on every issue great or small. In these years, though, he has also developed as a composer; and it is the meeting point of critic and artist that this, his first selection of essays, celebrates. The first part deals mainly with musical questions, the second with music for words, the third with a gallery of composers, and the fourth with the various states of music. It is a book that will appeal to ordinary music lovers and connoisseurs alike.

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Fresh and thought-provoking. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Very English, steeped in centuries of music and utterly fair-minded, this veteran composer and critic collects essays written over 20 years. Whether it's about minimalism or Wagner, he presents perceptive insights in superbly crisp prose. THE TIMES The prose is vivid and trenchant, the argument repeatedly softens the reader up for the brilliantly unexpected surprise...The greatest pleasure of this collection lies in its illuminating essays on things like bells and silence, on pulse, pace, and time, and on individual composers. INDEPENDENT (Michael Church)One of those rarest of creatures - an insightful musicologist who writes with journalistic immediacy...(these pieces) time and time again serve to confirm him as the inheritor of the late Hans Keller's reputation for eloquence and cogency...this stimulating book will be of interest and value to anyone concerned with the how and why of the many ways in which we listen to classical music. CLASSICAL MUSIC (Editor's Choice)First and foremost, one marvels at Northcott's wonderfully lucid prose which will communicate readily to both the general reader and the specialist...This collection, meticulously edited by Christopher Wintle...deserves a place on every self-respecting musician's bookshelf. BBC MUSICThere are a small number whose writing satisfies the interests and tastes of specialist and generalist alike. Bayan Northcott ... belongs in (this) group. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENTWhether it's about minimalism or Wagner, he presents perceptive insights in superbly crisp prose. THE TIMES (Richard Morrison)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780955608735
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
05/21/2009
Series:
Poetics of Music
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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