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The Indispensable Composers - Anthony Tommasini (Paperback)

A Personal Guide

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An exploration of the question of greatness from the chief classical music critic of The New York Times

Anthony Tommasini has devoted particular attention to living composers and overlooked repertory. But, as with all classical music lovers, the canon has remained central for him. Tommasini resists the neat laws of canon formation—and yet, he can’t help but admit that these exalted composers have guided him through his life, resonating with his deepest emotions and profoundly shaping how he sees the world.

Now, in The Indispensable Composers, Tommasini offers his own personal guide to what the mercurial concept of greatness really means in classical music. As he argues for his particular pantheon of indispensable composers, Tommasini provides a masterclass in what to listen for and how to understand what music does to us.

Product Details

Barcode
9780143111085
Department
Books
Released
5 Nov 2019
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Anthony Tommasini
Subtitle
A Personal Guide
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Group USA
Language
English
Number of Pages
496
Dimensions
214 x 140 x 25mm

Annotation

The chief classical music critic of "The New York Times" explores the concept of greatness in relation to composers, considering elements of biography, influence, and shifting attitudes toward a composer's work over time.

Summary

An exploration of the question of greatness from the chief classical music critic of The New York Times

Anthony Tommasini has devoted particular attention to living composers and overlooked repertory. But, as with all classical music lovers, the canon has remained central for him. Tommasini resists the neat laws of canon formation&;and yet, he can&;t help but admit that these exalted composers have guided him through his life, resonating with his deepest emotions and profoundly shaping how he sees the world.
 
Now, in The Indispensable Composers, Tommasini offers his own personal guide to what the mercurial concept of greatness really means in classical music. As he argues for his particular pantheon of indispensable composers, Tommasini provides a masterclass in what to listen for and how to understand what music does to us.

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General Subject
Music
BISAC Subject 1
Music / Genres & Styles / Classical
BISAC Subject 2
Music / History & Criticism
BISAC Subject 3
History / Europe / General
Dewey Classification
781