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Harrison Birtwistle: Wild Tracks - A Conversation Diary with Fiona Maddocks Hardcover – 15 May 2014
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Utterly engaging ... We are offered rare and privileged access to the composer's routine, his daily struggles with ideas, materials and himself ... Unputdownable. (Jonathan Cross)
'Anyone with the smallest interest in composition - not just concertos but novels, buildings, lives, you name it, should read this absorbing, spiky, dazzling book.' (Adam Thirlwell TLS, Books of the Year)
'Informative and entertaining ... Birtwistle's dry, brusque wit is found on every page, but this is a serious 80th-birthday tribute.' (Hugh Canning Sunday Times, Books of the Year)
'Full of affection and sharp insights by an author both knowledgeable about and in love with her subject.' (Stephen Walsh Spectator, Books of the Year)
'An illuminating study in which we learn how the wider threads of his life are woven into his music.'(Richard Fairman Financial Times, Books of the Year)
Harrison Birtwistle: Wild Tracks - A Conversation Diary with Fiona Maddocks is an exceptional and rare insight into one of the greatest living composers.See all Product description
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In this book you'll hear none of that. Instead, you'll hear Harry struggling on a daily basis to make sense of what he's doing, changing his mind many times about how to proceed in the piece he's writing (the piano concerto), expressing great doubt about the value of everything he's done, and -- fleetingly -- seeming to have a clear sense of what he's doing and how he's doing it. You'll also hear a very sympathetic, knowledgeable, humorous and articulate interviewer coaxing him to reveal more of his life and his work.
Congratulations to both Fiona Maddocks and Harry Birtwistle for this brilliant contribution to musical biography!