Este tópico está presentemente marcado como "adormecido"—a última mensagem tem mais de 90 dias. Pode acordar o tópico publicando uma resposta.
Now if only someone would write a MORE detailed look at music of the last quarter century and into the 21st without being afraid to skip Mahler, Strauss, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg, we might actually feel that there is a larger community of new composers with the interesting, insightful voices that they actually have. This book, the book that will celebrate the NEW composer, is as yet out of my grasp. Anyone?
I hope to find more music-related books here as other LT members join: Novels like The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thaddeus Carhart and The Time of our Singing by Richard Powers, biographies such as Stradivari's Genius: Five violins, one cello and three centuries of enduring perfection by Tony Faber (really it's a biography of six of Stradivarius's/Stradivari (?)'s instruments), and books like Levitin's (above).
I've been disappointed by many biographies of musicians. Any recommendations?
The list of qualities that I admire about Ross/Noise grows apace. Most of all, I appreciate his contextualizing the modernist narrative, a dogma that has held sway for far too long, some might say. I love the way he tucks nuggets of the personal into an informed historical appreciation. And I am grateful for the manner in which he weighs the African American contributions to the 20th century's music: appropriate, even respectful without being patronizing.
Question for Thrin: what biographies have you found partially successful and on what bases? Such info might lead to specific recommendations.
I thought of beginning a new topic and leaving this one to The Rest is Noise, but on second thoughts maybe "The Rest is Noise" is quite appropriate for most Music Lovers' posts for the time being??
I've just re-read the Sibelius section. A NY Times article from last November by Bernard Holland comes to mind about composers not living in 'time' but living in 'speed.' Holland makes a risky, and unfortunately erroneous observation that Schubert, though dead at 36, lived a full life and had no more unique music to offer. The same with Mozart. Oddly, this argument does have some traction with Ross's lengthy discussion of Sibelius; a man of 'absolute' music struggling with how to enter the modernist dialogue. But I love the twist in the final pages - any alleged inability to jive with the Schoenberg or Stravinsky clubs is in historical retrospect a radical, personal, prized stance: the risky embrace of one's unique voice. I think of Bernstein here.
Biographies? Try Eric Bazzana's "Wondrous Strange" biography of Glenn Gould - it is fabulous!
This chapter discussed the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 quite a lot - just finished a marvelous book on the subject that comes highly recommended: Erik Larsson's "The Devil in the White City." It centers around the chief architect of the world's fair and the serial killer taking advantage of the many young women attracted to Chicago because of it. Non-fiction fact crime at its best!
"Speed is critical in composer's lives, not length"
Responses highly encouraged.
I read the Holland article. Very interesting - but I'm not entirely convinced! To me Schubert's early death is one of the great tragedies of the musical world and I often wonder just what he would have produced as he grew older - with all the experience of ageing he would have had on which to draw.
Thanks for pointing me towards the nytimes article - aldaily.com is brilliant: I've been reading about Schoenberg, Brahms and Getting Rid of Melancholia recently.
My problem now - what with LT and sites like aldaily.com - is finding time to read books!
I haven't finished putting all my music books into my catalog yet (I'm a musicologist), but I'm excited that LT makes it so easy to share our books with each other.
I myself am in the market for a CD Anthology of Contemporary Music. Anyone know of any? I'd bet it would most likely be found as a companion to whatever is the text book staple of that course. Though if I were teaching I'd probably assign Ross, the Paul Griffith, Modern Music, (a shorter text for his slightly differing perspective), and maybe a chapter of Structural Functions in Music by Wallace Berry. I'm also enjoying Alban Berg by Theodore Adorno though his writing his labored.
No joy from my call-ins yet! I probably won't have to rely on this tactic now thanks to your pointing me towards
Can't help you with a CD Anthology of Contemporary Music, but surely there must be one.
I'm way out of my depth when it comes to things like Structural Functions in Music, but wonder whether there might be something of interest in a programme on one of our Sydney FM stations entitled "Contemporary Collective". It's scheduled for midnight (Sydney time) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I have no idea what it is like as I'm always asleep (or reading) at that time. You can listen on-line at
edited to say that I now see I've mentioned the above radio station before in (on?) this thread. My memory-span is getting shorter by the day!
By the way, I am looking for information on Renaissance music just now. Any recommendations?