UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 26 JUNE
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Professor of Music Christopher Dingle’s book of conversations with composer Julian Anderson has been published by Boydell & Brewer.
Julian Anderson: Dialogues on Listening, Composing and Culture ranges far beyond Anderson’s own compositions and even beyond the sphere of music, exploring issues of broad cultural interest.
The book captures Anderson’s thoughts and memories in depth for the first time, not only providing biographical information and background material, but also capturing the workings of a remarkable mind.
Of particular value are the glimpses of Anderson’s thoughts on works in progress during the conversations, providing insights into the practicalities and psychology of composing. These include the period from composing the score for his ENO opera Thebans to its first production, as well as his violin concerto, his 3rd String Quartet and his Berlin Philharmonic commission Incantesimi.
Anderson’s work with dance, his love of the voice and his varied collaborations with orchestras, soloists and conductors are also explored.
With their wide range of musical and artistic topics, these conversations will be essential reading not only for composers and composition students, but for those interested in culture more generally.
Professor Dingle said: “We enjoyed ourselves very much with these conversations and we hope that comes across.”
There is currently a special offer code available where you can save 35% if you order online at Boydell & Brewer – just enter the offer code BB135 at the checkout.
Pictured: Professor Christopher Dingle with the book