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Music for Life

Fiona Maddocks

How does music reflect the key moments in our lives? How do we choose the works that inspire, delight, comfort or console? Fiona Maddocks guides us by selecting 100 classical works from across nine centuries.

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ISBN
9780571329397
Date Published
04.10.2016
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Summary

How does music reflect the key moments in our lives? How do we choose the works that inspire, delight, comfort or console? Fiona Maddocks selects 100 classical works from across nine centuries, arguing passionately, persuasively and at times obstinately for their inclusion, putting each work in its cultural and musical context, discussing omissions, suggesting alternatives and always putting the music first.

Critic Reviews

Fiona Maddocks's descriptions are dangerously moreish...a timely reminder of the importance of music.

Anna Picard, BBC Music Magazine
Critic Reviews

Most of us turn to music for support at emotionally challenging moments. In this personal selection of "music to see you through", Fiona Maddocks, music critic of The Observer, gives succinct thoughts on the emotional import of works ranging from the evident to the surprising, in categories ranging from humour to mourning. It's one of those short-sectioned, dip-in books, but Maddocks' writing is as exquisitely chiselled as the finest cut crystal and involves no need to ramble...the book looks like a chocolate box, but its content is meaty.

Jessica Duchen, JDCMB
Critic Reviews

Wonderful . . . Her selection is sensationally eclectic . . . a first-aid kit that should be stocked in every pharmacy. It provides an instant remedy for almost every urgent physical need.

Norman Lebrecht, Standpoint
FionaMaddocks

Fiona Maddocks is the Classical Music critic of the Observer. She was founder editor of BBC Music Magazine and chief arts feature writer for the London Evening Standard, and has written for numerous other publications. She is the author of Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of Her Age (Faber) and Harrison Birtwistle: Wild Tracks – A Conversation Diary with Fiona…

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