"In Ashby's refreshing reading, [recordings' displacement of composers' texts] is neither a doomsday moment nor bland techno-utopianism: it's a chance to re-engage with classical music in the vernacular." Times Literary Supplement 20101015 "Ashby raises crucial and often agonising issues for those who care about the marginalisation of classical music." The Wire 20101201 "This formidable work of scholarship ... has the capacity dramatically to change thinking." -- Andrew Green Classical Music Magazine 20100703 "Ashby really stakes out the place of instrumental art music in a digital world, never backing away from hard questions that make us examine the very nature of musical performance itself." Journal Aesthetics & Art Criticism 20110815 "Compelling, insightful, [and] occasionally head-spinning... [Ashby's] move between philosophy and cultural history is deft... Immensely useful." -- Gustavus Stadler CRITICISM 20121120
About the Author
Arved Ashby is Professor of Music at the Ohio State University. He is the editor of The Pleasure of Modernist Music, and has published articles on twelve-tone composition, film music, minimalism, and Frank Zappa. He was an American Musicological Society (AMS) 50 Dissertation Fellow, and won the AMS Alfred Einstein Award in 1996.