The Memory of Music review

review by using Barney Zwartz

I’m not positive why Andrew Ford wrote this e-book. That’s an unusual element to mention about a book, so let me add speedy that I’m satisfied he did; it’s miles each informative and wonderful, and I loved it greatly.


The Memory of Music isn’t an autobiography; it isn’t a philosophy music phi cal or sociological attention. Neither is it a technical evaluation, even though it has factors of each and greater. It is exceptionally cataloged, below the Zwartz taxonomy, as a substitute disconnected collection of entertaining and regularly illuminating biographical anecdotes. Or, to be thoroughly elegant, a memoir.


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I suspect that Ford is someone who, when he has something to mention, absolutely says it, as he has achieved very correctly on the slave, as a composer; on the airwaves, as a broadcaster; and in print, as an as a substitute prolific author. He has interviewed greater than 6000 guests seeing that taking on as host of the ABC Radio National’s Music Show in 1995.

However, if his prolixity on occasion appears self-indulgent, he has the purest of motives. “There are most effective reasons to write or broadcast approximately tune. The first is to encourage humans to concentrate harder; the second one is to encourage them to think musically – on the way to listening harder.” With his remaining phrases, Ford pleads that we have to pay attention to the generosity of spirit. Amen, I say.

Delightful anecdotes abound. For instance, at a new primary school, an accidental accurate kick led the sports trainer to make Ford center-forward within the subsequent match. That center-forward “had the ball at his toes precisely eleven instances in the course of the suit – kicking off at the start and kicking off after every one of the ten goals his facet conceded


.”On his first date, Ford mistook the time of the movie, so he spent an hour dull the bad female inflexible together with his thoughts on The Communist Manifesto, having study best the primary four pages and the closing (to at present).

Or, ruminating on how librettists address modifications to their texts, he recounts how composer Elizabeth Lutyens rang poet Elias Canetti to invite how he could sense about a line trade. “There became a loud crash at the opposite stop of the cell phone, followed by way of silence. After a few moments, Canetti’s wife came on the line. ‘Elias has fainted,’ she informed Lutyens.”

As a young track lecturer, he recalls a review engaging in Michael Tippett’s Memory  A Child of Our Time Music within the composer’s presence and bringing him to tears. But he neglects to inform us whether, of pleasure or fury, one can not make sure with college performers.

Ford discourses curiously on a selection of Australian composers, especially the late Peter Sculthorpe. They had been no longer buddies, he says, but had many conversations over 30 years, frequently fuelled by bottles of Australian sparkling wine. For more than decades broadcasting The Music Show is likewise a fertile floor for cloth.

He tells us how tune changed faith in his lifestyles – “what I thought changed into God now I suppose became Beethoven” – and he now sees faith as a branch of poetry. Art is humanity’s try to explain itself to itself, and so is religion, Ford indicates.

Much the maximum exiting bankruptcy is the penultimate, “Inventing Music,” about the genesis of many of his compositions, which influenced him at the time, how he evolved the soundscape and scoring, how they worked in performance. He discusses all of this with openness and reflective honesty that is exceedingly appealing.

Ford works workplace hours because an idea may be tardy, and he takes into account the (first) performers he typically knows. Ideas can come from anywhere: a poem, a portray, a movie, a tale, even a word. Sometimes the identity arrives first, as while he knew he desired to jot down a piece called Harbour before he knew it would be a song cycle for Gerald English and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

The musical genesis of his viola concerto got here from being woken in his New York inn through a truck driving force blowing a sustained be aware on his horn at the equal time as a clang sounded one tonne better from a bit of falling scaffolding.

Ford is properly aware of the pitfalls of writing about the song, even though he denies that it’s far as futile as dancing approximately structure. The Memory of Music, again demonstrating what a terrific communicator he’s, offers proof that he is right. The origins of Indian music can be traced back to the chanting of the Sama Veda nearly 4,000 years ago. The primacy of the voice and the association of musical sound with prayer were thus established early in the history of Indian music.

Today, music is available to us in different forms, and the choice of music varies from person to person, just as the reading choices vary from one another. There is folk music, classical music, devotional music, instrumental, jazz, rock music, pop music, Hindi movie songs, etc.

In the modern world, Music has gained an honorable designation of ‘HEALING WITHOUT MEDICINE.’ Doctors feel that music therapy has been helping them in treating many people with problems like dementia, dyslexia, depression, and trauma.” Many children with a learning disability and poor coordination have learned and responded to set pieces of music. Many people with genetic disabilities have found a new light in the form of music.

Dance critic Ashish Khokar cites an experiment as proof: “Music is produced from sound, and sound affects our sense perception in many ways. Even fish in an aquarium was once made to listen to different kinds of music, and it was found that their movements corresponded with the beat of the music. Mind you, fish do not hear; they only felt the vibrations of the sound through water. So you can imagine what a profound effect sound and music might have on the human mind.”