The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tommasini

The Indispensable Composers

An exploration into the question of greatness from the Chief Classical Music Critic of the New York TimesWhen he began to listen to the great works of classical music as a child, Anthony Tommasini had many questions. Why did a particular piece move him? How did the music work? Over time, he realized that his passion for this music was not enough. He needed to understand it. Take Bach, for starters. Who was he? How does one account for his music a...

Details The Indispensable Composers

TitleThe Indispensable Composers
Release DateNov 6th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Press
GenreMusic, History, Nonfiction

Reviews The Indispensable Composers

  • Carl Nelson
    A wonderful, personal, informative reviewStarting with a justification of an exercise he is uncomfortable with ( it flows out of a New York Times series on the top 10 composers) the author writes convincing arguments about his selections and their place. I found the discussion of Schubert's struggles and the related reflections from the authors life to be especially mind expanding. (As one working at understanding the writing of Teilhard de Chard...
  • Tim
    I was surprised and somewhat disappointed that Aaron Copland didn’t make the cut.