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The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide (Paperback)

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Now in The Indispensable Composers, Tommasini offers his own personal guide to the canon--and what greatness really means in classical music. What does it mean to be canonical now? Who gets to say? And do we have enough perspective on the 20th century to even begin assessing it? 

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An exploration of the question of greatness from the chief classical music critic of The New York Times

Anthony Tommasini has devoted particular attention to living composers and overlooked repertory. But, as with all classical music lovers, the canon has remained central for him. Tommasini resists the neat laws of canon formation—and yet, he can’t help but admit that these exalted composers have guided him through his life, resonating with his deepest emotions and profoundly shaping how he sees the world.
Now, in The Indispensable Composers, Tommasini offers his own personal guide to what the mercurial concept of greatness really means in classical music. As he argues for his particular pantheon of indispensable composers, Tommasini provides a masterclass in what to listen for and how to understand what music does to us.

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ISBN 9780143111085
Length (cm) 14.0000
Width (cm) 3.0000
Height (cm) 21.0000
Publisher Penguin Books
Publication Date Nov 5, 2019
Pages (number) 496
Genre Humor & Entertainment
Author Anthony Tommasini
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Format Paperback
Editorial Reviews

"The story of four centuries of music in essays on seventeen composers, from Monteverdi to Stravinsky...all suffused with memoir and colored by a lifelong love of opera."- The New Yorker

"A spirited musical compendium to the best of the best...[Tommasini's] goal is to keep his assessments simple, insightful, and jargon-free, and he succeeds...Entertaining, highly enthusiastic, and very knowledgeable, he's the perfect guide [to the great composers]...all exuberantly presented for your edification and enjoyment." - Kirkus

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