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Department: Biographies & Reference - Books & Literature (Classical)

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hardback edition
Published: 22.09.2011
Number of pages: 208


Ian Bostridge is one of the outstanding singers of our time, celebrated both for the quality of his voice and for the exceptional intelligence he brings to bear on the interpretation of the repertoire of the past and present alike. Yet his early career was that of a professional historian, and A Singer's Notebook takes a look at the multifaceted world of classical music through the eyes of someone whose career as a singer has followed a unique trajectory.

Consisting of short essays and reviews written since 1997, some in diary form, it ranges widely over issues serious (music and transcendence) and not so serious (the singer’s battles with phlegm), while inevitably discussing many of the composers with whom Bostridge has become identified, such as Britten, Henze, Janácek, Schubert, Weill and Wolf.

Ultimately it returns to the theme of his earlier work on seventeenth-century witchcraft - what place can there be for the ineffable in a world defined by an iron cage of rationality?

Including a foreword by the eminent sociologist, Richard Sennett, A Singer’s Notebook is an intriguing glimpse into the mind and motivation of one of Britain’s best-loved musicians.

‘Achieving that rarest of feats in the scholarly world: taking a well-worn subject and ensuring that it will never be looked at in quite the same way again.’ Noel Malcolm, Times Literary Supplement on Witchcraft and its Transformations

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