Music, Sense and Nonsense by Alfred Brendel
Collected Essays and Lectures

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The conversations at the end of the book represent 40 years of thinking and talking about music, with occasional tailpieces containing Brendel’s rear-view mirror of his former views. Though he no longer performs, he is still a formidable intellectual and musical presence.
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Alfred Brendel, one of the greatest pianists of our time, is renowned for his masterly interpretations of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt, and has been credited with rescuing from oblivion the piano music of Schubert's last years. Far from having merely one string to his bow, however, Brendel is also one of the world's most remarkable writers on music - possessed of the rare ability to bring the clarity and originality of expression that characterised his performances to the printed page. The definitive collection of his award-winning writings and essays, Music, Sense and Nonsense combines all of his work originally published in his two classic books, Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out, along with significant new material on a lifetime of recording, performance habits and reflections on life and art. As well as providing stimulating reading, this new edition provides a unique insight into the exceptional mind of one of the outstanding musicians of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whether discussing Bach or Beethoven, Schubert or Schoenberg, Brendel's reflections are illuminating and challenging, a treasure for the specialist and the music lover alike.
 

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Alfred Brendel: Alfred Brendel is known for his recordings, international concert appearances and writings. He has been credited with almost single-handedly rescuing from oblivion the piano music of Schubert's last years. He was awarded an honorary knighthood in 1989.
 
Published August 18, 2015 by The Robson Press. 464 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Rusbridger on Sep 24 2015

The conversations at the end of the book represent 40 years of thinking and talking about music, with occasional tailpieces containing Brendel’s rear-view mirror of his former views. Though he no longer performs, he is still a formidable intellectual and musical presence.

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