Rough ideas : reflections on music and more
|Format:||Print Book 2020|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 2 copies|
A collection of essays on music and life by the famed classical pianist and composer
Stephen Hough is one of the world's leading pianists, winning global acclaim and numerous awards, both for his concerts and his recordings. He is also a writer, composer, and painter, and has been described by The Economist as one of "Twenty Living Polymaths."
Hough writes informally and engagingly about music and the life of a musician, from the broader aspects of what it is to walk out onto a stage or to make a recording, to specialist tips from deep inside the practice room: how to trill, how to pedal, how to practice. He also writes vividly about people he's known, places he's traveled to, books he's read, paintings he's seen; and he touches on more controversial subjects, such as assisted suicide and abortion. Even religion is there--the possibility of the existence of God, problems with some biblical texts, and the challenges involved in being a gay Catholic.
Rough Ideas is an illuminating, constantly surprising introduction to the life and mind of one of our great cultural figures.
Published ReviewsPublisher's Weekly Review: "
Hough, Stephen, -- 1961- -- Travel.
Piano music -- Great Britain.
Music -- Great Britain.
|Publisher|| New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2020
|Edition||First American edition.|
Reprint. Originally published: London : Faber & Faber, 2019.
xv, 443 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discography (pages 415-423) and index.