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The Life of Music by Nicholas Kenyon

The Life of Music

New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition

Nicholas Kenyon

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1 review

Category: Music, Non-fiction
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 9 Apr 2021
ISBN: 9780300223828

"A typically wise and thoughtful book, which manages to combine a wealth of unexpected information with an immensely readable style - it should grab anybody, whatever their level of musical knowledge."-Sir Simon Rattle, music director, London Symphony Orchestra

4 stars out of 5
11 May 2021

"Nicholas Kenyon’s wide-ranging survey of the development of western music is packed with his passion for the subject"

The Life of Music is at its lively best when Kenyon’s own passions are laid bare: his affinity with early choral music, his love of Purcell, his irritation at the conservative aesthetics of the philosopher Roger Scruton, his belief, above all, in the power of music to unite individual and community. With its myriad threads of history and argument, the book is an open dialogue between past and present, composer, performer and performance. Its scope might bewilder a musical newcomer but not if they take the many references and suggestions as map and guide.

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