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This man & music
Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993.
Publication Information:
New York : Applause, [2001]

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192 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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ML80.B82 B9 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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(Applause Books). Anthony Burgess was the author of over 50 books, including his best known novel, "A Clockwork Orange." But Burgess always emphasized music as the ruling passion in his creative life. Largely self-taught in music, Burgess composed his first symphony before he was twenty, many years before his first novel, and he was the composer of over 65 musical works. In these deeply insightful meditations, the renowned writer explores the meaning of music, the intention of the composer and the process of composition, and the seemingly elusive relationships between literature and music. Burgess shows how "the process of literary composition are revealed by the writers themselves" and then gathers evidence to understand the "inexplicable magic" of the details of the operation of music what is music's "intelligibility"? From Shakespeare to the lyric verse of Gerard Manley Hopkins, from the modernists T.S. Eliot and James Joyce to the modern lyricists Lorenz Hart and Stephen Sondheim, Burgess reveals how prose writers have struggled to tap the inherent musicality of their material. This treasured classic, at last back in print, provides a fascinating perspective on the mutually enriching relationship of these two creative arts by a man who mastered them both.

Author Notes

Anthony Burgess was born in 1917 in Manchester, England. He studied language at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He had originally applied for a degree in music, but was unable to pass the entrance exams. Burgess considered himself a composer first, one who later turned to literature.

Burgess' first novel, A Vision of Battlements (1964), was based on his experiences serving in the British Army. He is perhaps best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, which was later made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick. In addition to publishing several works of fiction, Burgess also published literary criticism and a linguistics primer. Some of his other titles include The Pianoplayers, This Man and Music, Enderby, The Kingdom of the Wicked, and Little Wilson and Big God.

Burgess was living in Monaco when he died in 1993.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
1 Biographia Musicalisp. 11
2 A Matter of Time and Spacep. 41
3 Let's Write a Symphonyp. 50
4 Music and Meaningp. 73
5 Meaning Means Languagep. 84
6 Under the Bamp. 96
7 Nothing is so Beautiful as Sprungp. 117
8 Re Joycep. 134
9 Contrary Tugsp. 150
10 Oedipus Wrecksp. 162
11 Bonaparte in E Flatp. 180