By Julie Anne Sadie
Across Europe, greater than 300 homes and museums commemorate the composers who lived and labored in them. In Calling at the Composer, two distinctive musicologists consultant the musically curious tourist or reader to those websites and supply crucial info on their content material and significance.
Whether lakeside hut or moated fortress, clock tower or cave, village institution or fantastic city condo, the actual context for musical genius and the artefacts of daily life have a robust effect on how we understand the determine at the back of the track we all know and love. Julie and Stanley Sadie have journeyed to thirty-one international locations to assemble this designated shuttle spouse and reference resource. they provide functional details for the customer, professional insights, and energetic statement. Richly illustrated and supported by means of thorough maps, the entries on person composers hint their steps in the course of the practicalities of lifestyles and divulge to us the context of creativity.
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Extra resources for Calling on the Composer: A Guide to European Composer Houses and Museums
In the West, while the base of support for ‘classical’ music seems to have been shrinking in the closing decades of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st, several new museums have come to be founded and old ones refurbished, celebrating composers of all periods since the 18th century. The more immediate past, as usual, will need to wait. Perhaps, with the establishment by the National Trust of house museums in Liverpool to McCartney and Lennon, others to popular musicians may follow; and certainly Andrew Lloyd Webber’s art collection already has a museum potential.
John Lennon is commemorated in a museum set up in Tokyo by his widow. ) Some non-Europeans too are commemorated. In Brazil, there is a museum to Carlos Gomes at his birthplace in Campinas and one to Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro. In the United States, the Charles Ives birthplace at Danbury, Connecticut, is a museum, and Edward MacDowell is commemorated at the MacDowell Colony at Peterborough, New Hampshire. P. Sousa in West Lafayette, Indiana, and two to Stephen Foster, a memorial one at the University of Pennsylvania and another at White Springs in Florida.
03 Chapter 1294 26/4/05 10:02 am Page 35 III A FRAGILE LEGACY Collecting the musical past It is often pointed out that, unlike a painting, the object that serves to perpetuate a piece of music is not itself a work of art. It is simply a series of instructions for producing one. So the collecting of composers’ manuscripts has never been a preoccupation among the rich and the connoisseurs in the way that collecting pictures has been. People have collected music in order to perform it, not to look at it.