Composer, conductor, and pianist, Thomas Adès is one of the most diversely talented musical figures of his generation. His music is performed by great opera companies, symphony orchestras, chamber groups, and music festivals throughout the world. But Adès has resisted public discussion of the creative process behind his musical compositions. Until now, the interior experience that has fired the spectrum of his workÑfrom his first opera, Powder Her Face, to his masterpiece The Tempest and his acclaimed orchestral works Asyla and TevotÑhas largely remained unexplained. Here, in spirited, intimate, and, at times, contentious conversations with the distinguished music critic Tom Service, Adès opens up about his work. ÒFor Adès, whose literary and artistic sensibilities are nearly as refined and virtuosic as his musical instincts,Ó writes Service, Òinhabiting the different territory of words rather than notes offers a chance to search out new creative correspondences, to open doorsÑa phrase he often usesÑinto new ways of thinking in and about music.Ó
The phrase Òfull of noises,Ó from Caliban's speech in The Tempest, refers both to the sounds Òswirling aroundÓ AdèsÕs head that are transmuted into music and to the vast array of his musical influencesÑfrom Sephardic folk music, to 1980s electronica, to AdèsÕs passion for Beethoven and Jan‡cek and his equally visceral dislike of Wagner. It also suggests Òthe creative frictionÓ essential to any authentic dialogue. As readers of these Òwilfully brilliantÓ conversations will quickly discover, Thomas Adès: Full of Noises brings us into the Òrevelatory kaleidoscopeÓ of AdèsÕs world.
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About the Author
Thomas Adès is widely considered the foremost composer of his generation. His first opera, Powder Her Face, has been produced throughout the world; his 1997 orchestral piece Asyla won a Grawemeyer Award; and his 2004 opera The Tempest was staged at the Royal Opera House to huge critical acclaim. The Tempest premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in October 2012, with Adès at the podium. Adès was artistic director of the Aldeburgh Festival for a decade, has conducted orchestras from the New York Philharmonic to the London Symphony Orchestra, and has had festivals worldwide devoted to his music.
Tom Service writes about music for The Guardian, where he was chief classical music critic, and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3. He has presented Radio 3's flagship magazine program, Music Matters, since 2003. Service was the inaugural recipient of the ICMP/CIEM Classical Music Critic of the Year Award and a guest artistic director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He is the author of Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Ochestras.
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