Thomas Ades: Full of Noises
Thomas Adès: Full of Noises: Conversations with Tom Service is an unprecedented glimpse into the creative mind and influences of one of the most intriguing and successful contemporary composers.
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Thomas Adès is feted from Los Angeles to London, from New York to Berlin, as the musician who has done more than any other living composer to connect contemporary music with wider audiences. But this celebrated composer, conductor and pianist is notoriously secretive about his creative process, about what lies behind his compositional impulse. Here, Adès opens up for the first time, in conversations with Tom Service, about how he creates his music, where it comes from, and what it means. In these provocative and challenging interviews, Adès connects his music with influences from a huge historical and cultural spectrum – from Sephardic Jewish folk music to 80s electronica, from the films of Luis Buñuel and pre-Columbian art to the soundtracks of Al-Qaeda training videos – and offers a unique insight into the crucible of composition.
This edition is updated with a foreword on Adès’s opera, Exterminating Angel.
One of the most accomplished and complete musicians of his generation.
Brilliant . . . Adès doesn’t mince his words; his observations are penetrating and more than occasionally iconoclastic . . . Full of Noises brings us in close to Adès’s approach to his craft – the painstaking labour that goes into “bullying” his notes into place. It is a book that shows us a musical mind at work.
[Adès] has outgrown his status as the wunderkind of a vibrant British scene and become one of the most imposing figures in contemporary classical music.
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