A new book review from The Movie Snob.
Language of the Spirit: An Introduction to Classical Music, by Ian Swafford (2017). I’m barely a dilettante when it comes to classical music. Nevertheless, I enjoy books like this one. The author, who is a composer himself, gives just a very little explanation of how classical music “works,” and then he is off and running on a survey of Western composers and the works that he recommends listening to. He doesn’t recommend any specific recordings, noting instead that pretty much every piece he recommends can be found on Spotify or YouTube. (Actually, I don’t even know what Spotify is, but I’m sure he’s right.) The micro-biographies of the composers under discussion are interesting, and I enjoyed the author’s writing style. But I haven’t yet tried to listen to any of the works he recommends. Who has time for all that?