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Thomas Ades: Full of Noises – Conversations with Tom Service

Tom Service, Thomas Ades

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.

Critic Reviews

One of the most accomplished and complete musicians of his generation.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

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.

Fred Cohn, Opera News
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[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.

Alex Ross, New Yorker
Tom Service

Tom Service writes and presents The Listening Service on BBC Radio 3, and has presented Music Matters since 2003. He is a regular presenter of the BBC Proms on TV, as well as films on composers from Handel to Saariaho. His previous books about music, also published by Faber, are Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and Their Orchestras,…

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Tom Service

Born in 1971, Thomas Adès is the foremost composer of his generation. His first opera, Powder Her Face, has received productions all over the world. His 1997 orchestral piece, Asyla, won the Grawemeyer Award, and his 2004 opera The Tempest was staged at the Royal Opera House to huge critical acclaim.He was Artistic Director of the Aldeburgh Festival for a…

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