Sound Within Sound

Kate Molleson

A radical new book by journalist, critic and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kate Molleson, which fundamentally changes the way we think about classical music and the musicians who made it on a global scale.

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9780571363247
Date Published
05.07.2022
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Summary

A radical new book by journalist, critic and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kate Molleson, which fundamentally changes the way we think about classical music and the musicians who made it on a global scale.

‘Wonderful . . . This is a book of discovery that speaks of music as a life force, that urges us to live our lives through music. ‘
COSEY FANNI TUTTI

‘A marvellous book that opens our ears to sonic worlds that will enrich and delight us, whoever and wherever we are.’
IAN McMILLAN

‘A clear-eyed, utterly fascinating exploration of outsiders in classical music. Molleson’s excellent book challenges and enlightens.’
SINÉAD GLEESON

This is the impassioned and exhilarating story of the composers who dared to challenge the conventional world of classical music in the twentieth century.

Traversing the globe from Ethiopia and the Philippines to Mexico, Jerusalem, Russia and beyond, journalist, critic and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Kate Molleson tells the stories of ten figures who altered the course of musical history, only to be sidelined and denied recognition during an era that systemically favoured certain sounds – and people – over others.

A celebration of radical creativity rooted in ideas of protest, gender, race, ecology and resistance, Sound Within Sound is an energetic reappraisal of twentieth-century classical music that opens up the world far beyond its established centres, challenges stereotypical portrayals of the genre and shatters its traditional canon.

Sound Within Sound is absolutely inspiring. Everyone who loves music should own this book.’
CHARLOTTE HIGGINS

‘Introduces us to thrilling dreamers from the last century who believed that music could fundamentally – and disruptively – recalibrate our lives . . . Molleson’s enthusiastic style and eye for character and place give them life.’
JUDE ROGERS, OBSERVER

‘The vividness and passion of Molleson’s portraits of these ten extraordinarily gifted, exasperating, headstrong individuals is wonderfully engaging.’
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Critic Reviews

Wonderful . . . This is a book of discovery that speaks of music as a life force, that urges us to live our lives through music. It highlights the challenges of breaking free from the rigours of classical training to explore the potential and power of sound, and reveals new ways of thinking about and making ‘music’.

Cosey Fanni Tutti
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The fierce music of Kate Molleson's prose demands that we think differently about the accepted classical music canon. Here is a marvellous book that opens our ears to sonic worlds that will enrich and delight us, whoever and wherever we are.

Ian McMillan
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A clear-eyed, utterly fascinating exploration of outsiders in classical music. Molleson's excellent book challenges and enlightens.

Sinéad Gleeson
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An urgent, dazzling, ear-opening demand to explode and remake the musical canon. I loved reading these tales of visionary, sometimes eccentric, always brilliant composers who wrestled with turbulent politics, spiritual crises and complicated, messy lives to forge their soaring creativity. In a broader way it struck me as an appeal to rethink of music as rooted in its social and political and personal context, not some “pure” and abstract art that somehow floats above the grubby business of human life. Sound Within Sound is absolutely inspiring. Everyone who loves music should own this book.

Charlotte Higgins
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Sound Within Sound is a necessary and deeply humane reshaping of music histories. It undoes the narrowing constraints of the classical canon, leaving the culture – and the reader – beautifully enriched.

Emma Warren
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A challenge to classical music's gatekeepers . . . [Sound Within Sound] introduces us to thrilling dreamers from the last century who believed that music could fundamentally – and disruptively – recalibrate our lives . . . Molleson’s enthusiastic style and eye for character and place give them life.

Jude Rogers, Observer
KateMolleson

Kate Molleson is a journalist and broadcaster and one of the UK’s leading commentators on contemporary classical music. She presents BBC Radio 3’s New Music Show and Music Matters, and her articles have been published in the Guardian, New Statesman, Prospect, The Herald, BBC Music Magazine and elsewhere. Having grown up in a sprawling musical family in Scotland and the…

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