The Life of Music by Nicholas Kenyon
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The Life of Music by Nicholas Kenyon


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Music is nothing until it sounds and is heard. Music lives because it is performed and listened to.

Immersed in music as writer, editor, broadcaster and former director of the BBC Proms, Nicholas Kenyon has long championed composers and performers who widen the repertory and expand our listening.

Today, as we think about culture in new ways, Kenyon revisits the narratives that make up the classical tradition and looks at that music through the experience of actual performances. This knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide highlights the achievements of composers and players, amateurs and professionals – all those who bring music to life across the ages.

From pianist Myra Hess’s performance in Blitz-ravaged London to John Adams’s composition for mourners of New York’s 9/11 attacks to Italian opera stars singing from their balconies amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, The Life of Music argues that, no matter how great the crisis, music has the power to bring us together.

Hardback, 360 pages.

Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.5cm