Magazine article Musical Opinion

Music, Sense and Nonsense

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Music, Sense and Nonsense

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Music, Sense and Nonsense Collected Essays and Lectures by Alfred Brendel The Robson Press Hardback: ISBN 978-1-84954-905-9 454 pages £25

In some material respects, this is a rather extravagant publication, a very great deal of it being a straightforward reprint of two earlier books - Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out. Brendel admirers will doubtless wish to have this new collection, as it does contain more recent writings handily collected and nicely presented, but others will find little new to illuminate the artist's views on music, as a glance at the Index reveals. Some major figures appear relatively frequently, others hardly at all.

Consequently, much of this book is not new, and that which has not been published in book form has appeared elsewhere; what is missing from this collection are any strongly held opinions on music Brendel either does not like, or neither did he perform, and why. …

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