Music at the Limits
Music at the Limits brings together three decades of Edward W. Said’s essays on music. Addressing the work of a wide variety of composers and performers, Said analyses music’s social and political contexts, and provides rich and often surprising assessments. He reflects on the censorship of Wagner in Israel; the relationship between music and feminism; and the works of Beethoven, Bruckner, Rossini, Schumann, Stravinsky and others. Always eloquent and often surprising, Music at the Limits reinforces Said’s reputation as one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century.
'Edward Said had a lifelong passion for music, and possessed the rare ability to write about it for the general reader with a lucid and penetrating intelligence' TLS 'Timely the essays come across as fresh and lively There are few whose command of words is sufficient not only to illuminate music, but to help music illuminate the world of those who make and listen to it. Said was one' Daily Telegraph 'The sheer eloquence of Said's writings reminds us that with his untimely death we have lost one of our most distinguished music critics.' Maynard Solomon, The Julliard School 'This fine collection by one of the most perceptive music critics of the last half-century is highly recommended' Library Journal
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