Music And More: Essays, 1975-1991 (Essays, 1968-1991)

Music And More: Essays, 1975-1991 (Essays, 1968-1991)

Music and More: Essays, 1975-1991 (Essays, 1968-1991)

"Classical music today is in deep trouble." With these disturbing words, Samuel Lipman introduces us to his own testimony on the current condition of music-and of our culture itself. His bold essays passionately defend the best in this culture against what Lipman sees as its growing banalization and politicization. Lipman's expertise in music is unmistakable, but he writes with the general reader in mind-lucidly, nontechnically, arrestingly.

From Library Journal
Lipman ( Arguing for Music, Arguing for Culture , LJ 10/15/90; The House of Music , LJ 8/84), always provocative, insightful, and highly opinionated, discusses and criticizes a wide range of music-related topics in this collection of 24 essays, all of which were previously published over the past 17 years. Composers and performers, critics and politics, audience and musicologists are all grist for Lipman's mill, and he treats them all with a combination of skepticism and respect. There is no question as to where the author's values lie; he states them clearly and defends them with a ferocity born of a deep love for the art. Readers may not agree with all of Lipman's opinions, but he will give them cause...

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