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Rough Ideas by Stephen Hough

Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More

Stephen Hough

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Category: Music, Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 1 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9780571350476
  • The GuardianBook of the Day
5 stars out of 5
Peter Stanford
13 Aug 2019

"As in all the best memoirs, he isn’t afraid to tackle uncomfortable or inane questions"

Perhaps, though, the two most impressive things about this renaissance man, to judge by Rough Ideas, are his modesty – the elegant jacket features not the standard “celeb” portrait, but him with his back to us, disguised in anonymous black coat and bowler hat – and a down-to-earth tone that enables him to tackle complex questions about art, faith, morals and life in an unpretentious, everyday way. So, when describing the life of a concert pianist in the series of short, thought-provoking and often amusing “jottings” that make up the book, he doesn’t bother with glamour, big names or his own “gift”, but instead answers the questions that those who have never been to the Proms might ask him.

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