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The Making of Music by James Naughtie
  

Synopsis

The Making of Music by James Naughtie

The making of Music is the story of our musical history, its origins and how it has shaped us. We have all grown up with a common background noise, whether we realise it or not. The tradition of European music that took shape in medieval monasteries, then in churches and courts, and moved into the salons, concert halls and theatres in later centuries, is in our cultural bloodstream. James Naughtie delves into the colourful, turbulent world of music - its characters, traditions and mysterious power - in a delightfully lively and personal way. His story is richly peopled and animated by moments of drama: what it was like at the first night of The Rite of Spring, when the dancers could neither hear their instructions nor could Stravinsky continue conducting because the booing was so loud; how it must have felt for Beethoven to scratch Napoleon's name off the dedication page of the 'Eroica' Symphony because he believed the emperor to have betrayed the French Revolution. As when presenting the Proms, James Naughtie brings to The Making of Music that particular blend of expertise and approachability set to delight the aficionado and the uninitiated alike.

Reviews

A genial, meandering but ultimately purposeful journey through the social history of music . . . this book is rich in anecdote, and it is all the better for it * Guardian * Consistently engaging ... It is enthralling, a very fine book. For Everyman * Herald * 'Immensely readable ... a cracking good yarn' * Scotsman * [Naughtie's] real passion ... should easily entice anyone who reads about the works he praises to go and listen to them as soon as is practicable * Sunday Telegraph * Romantic and rapturous, divertingly anecdotal and enthusiastic * The Times *


About the Author

James Naughtie

James Naughtie is one of the best-known broadcasters in the UK. A presenter of Today on BBC Radio 4, and a prize-winning writer, he has written about politics in London and Washington for many years.

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Book Info

Publication date

10th July 2008

Author

James Naughtie

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Publisher

John Murray Publishers Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Music

ISBN

9780719562556

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