Like Nelson Eddy, Devon Malcolm and the composer Havergal Brian, the critic Greil Marcus has one of those names that is all the more memorable for being obviously the wrong way round.
The Ninth is not necessarily Beethoven’s greatest symphony.
In the Rainbow Grill in New York one evening in 1971, according to Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Southern California, Duke Ellington halted his band in mid-flow and announced: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, the baddest left hand in the history of jazz just walked into the room, Mr Thelonious Monk.'
Gustav Mahler is the most subjective, the most autobiographical, of composers.
This week I am handing over the column to David Vick, who has contributed what I regard as the best (so far) of all the Top Tens I have received.
Ahundred years ago, a character in a novel who was keen on music would, like E.M. Forster’s Lucy Honeychurch or Leo- nard Bast, be as apt to stumble through a piece at the piano as listen to it at a concert.
Bob Geldof is quoted on the cover of Gary Kemp’s autobiography with untypical succinctness: ‘Great bloke, great band, great book’.
At first, the plot of Nick Hornby’s new novel, Juliet, Naked, seems too close to that of his first novel, High Fidelity (1995).
Midsummer Nights, edited by Jeanette Winterson
Nocturnes, by Kazuo Ishiguro
I was going to devote this column to the wilder shores of music, by which I mean not the latest hip sounds zooming up the charts but the dire drivel modernist composers, writing for orchestras and chamber ensembles, have seen fit to inflict on their audiences for many decades now.
Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley, by Humphrey Lyttleton
The Triumph of Music, by Tim Blanning
Hänsel und Gretel
Royal Academy of Music Jenufa
Birmingham Hippodrome Pelléas et Mélisande
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