Rough Ideas

ISBN
9780571350476
Published
01/08/2019
9780571350476
Format
Hardback
Price
£18.99
Paperback
464

About the Book

An illuminating and absorbing introduction to the life and mind of one of our great cultural figures.

Stephen Hough is indisputably one of the world's leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and recordings. He is also a writer, composer and painter and was recently described by the Economist as one of '20 Living Polymaths’. As an international performer he spends much of his life at airports, on planes, and in hotel rooms – and this book expands notes he has made, in his words, ‘during that dead time on the road’.

He writes about music and the life of a musician, from exploring the broader aspects of what it is to walk out on to a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room: how to trill, how to pedal, how to practise. He also writes vividly about people he’s known, places he’s travelled to, books he’s read, paintings he’s seen; and touches on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there - the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts and the challenge involved in being a gay Catholic.

An illuminating and absorbing introduction to the life and mind of one of our great cultural figures.Stephen Hough is indisputably one of the world's leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and recordings. He is also a writer, composer and painter and was recently described by the Economist as one of '20 Living Polymaths’. As an international performer he spends much of his life at airports, on planes, and in hotel rooms – and this book expands notes he has made, in his words, ‘during that dead time on the road’.He writes about music and the life of a musician, from exploring the broader aspects of what it is to walk out on to a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room: how to trill, how to pedal, how to practise. He also writes vividly about people he’s known, places he’s travelled to, books he’s read, paintings he’s seen; and touches on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there - the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts and the challenge involved in being a gay Catholic.
“The variety of [Stephen Hough's] interests and the range of his knowledge are enormously engaging ... What a rich, endlessly fascinating book.”
- Philip Pullman
“Hough is not just one of our finest pianists, he is also one of the most persuasive communicators about classical music in the wider public sphere. Completely lacking in pomposity or side, witty and wise, he reminds us that there is nothing stuffily “classical” about classical music, that it is emotionally, intellectually, spiritually as capacious and full of wonder as the world itself.”
- Harry Eyres, The Tablet