Music at the Limits
By (author) Edward W. Said
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Music at the Limits by Edward W. Said
Book Description'What Said stands for - critical intelligence, high art and the preservation of the language - must be at the centre of our lives.' - Hanif Kureishi. Addressing the work of a wide variety of composers, musicians, and performers - from Mozart to Alfred Brendel - Edward Said analyses music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically trained pianist, provides rich and often surprising assessments of classical music and opera.This book offers both a fresh perspective on well-known pieces and a celebration of neglected works. Said laments the way in which opera superstars like Pavarotti have 'reduced opera performance to a minimum if intelligence and a maximum of overproduced noise'. He also reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; an opera based on the life of Malcolm X; the relationship between music and feminism; the brilliant Canadian pianist Glenn Gould; and the works of Bach, Beethoven, Richard Strauss, Pierre Boulez, and others. Said wrote his incisive critiques as both an insider and an authority. Always eloquent and often surprising, "Music at the Limits" preserves an important dimension of Said's brilliant intellectual work and cements his reputation as one of the most influential and groundbreaking writers of the twentieth century.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780747597780
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Edward W. Said
Freud and the Non-European, Paperback (December 2013)
Builds on Said's abiding interest in the psychoanalyst's work to examine Freud's assumption that Moses was an Egyptian and from there explore the limits of identity.
Mimesis, Paperback (October 2013)
Shows how from antiquity to the twentieth century literature progressed toward ever more naturalistic and democratic forms of representation. This title offers the optimistic view of European history now appears as a defensive - and impassioned - response to the inhumanity he saw in the Third Reich.
Joseph Conrad and the Fiction of Autobiography, Paperback (August 2007)» View all books by Edward W. Said
Using the author's personal letters as a guide to understanding Joseph Conrad's fiction, this title draws a parallel between Conrad's view of his own life and the manner and form of his stories.
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Author Biography - Edward W. Said
Edward Said was University Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He was the author of more than twenty books, including Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism and On Late Style and his essays and reviews appeared in newspapers and periodicals throughout the world. Edward Said died in September 2003.
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