An Adventure in Music - Burnett JamesLondon: John Baker, 1967, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Readers Union sticker applied to the title page.
From the cover: “This is an exploration of music in a life deprived of muscular strength by polio. It is a life of adventure far surpassing in excitement and a thrilling sense of discovery any adventure upon a physical plane. As more and more music becomes available to more people all over the world, so the experience of a genuine adventure will become more frequent. But a skilful guide may be helpful; and this book is especially addressed to the reader who wonders whether he is getting as much as he should from his listening. Burnett James has already written a full-length study of Beethoven’s music in Beethoven and Human Destiny (as well as the popular Hi Fi for Pleasure). Here he goes further and ranges more widely. He tells us what nearly all the great composers have meant to him: Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Wagner and the giants of the Nineteenth Century Romantic upheaval; Brahms and the other side of Romanticism; the Nationalists, with a chapter on the English Renaissance of the first half of our century; and the Moderns, embracing Sibelius, Bartok, Schoenburg, Stravinsky, Berg; and, down to our own day, Roberto Gerhard and Boulez. He believes, in particular, that modern composers have a reputation for being more difficult to understand than they really are. Burnett James had to find his adventure under duress; and in a sense, everyone must do the same, for there are no short cuts and no one can live out another’s experience. Reading this book may serve to liberate the imagination and the creative faculty which is in all of us.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 238 pages.