Author(s): Davinia Caddy
Have you ever wondered why most classical music concerts are such stuffy affairs? Had to bluff your way through conversations about classical music? Want to get a handle on music by the modern composers? Or just want a great read on music you love? How to Hear Classical Music is all this and more.
Although short, Caddy covers a large subject in a neat and eloquent way. As much about art in general, or the importance of pianos in city centres, Caddy puts forth her reflections on the works of classical composers long past and those still producing. This does not judge what is good or bad in music but instead lays down an explanation for why some works of music can be politically influential or provide pleasure to those who listen. Caddy explores the performance and interpretation of classical music as much as its future and origins, and so builds a neat and informative text that will entertain the interests of all those even vaguely interested in music. - Dougal
"Thought provoking; a short and most engaging voyage into the world of music appreciation. Will surely have you eagerly seeking out performances and recordings. Read it!" --James Judd, conductor, former music director of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Davinia Caddy began her musical career playing principal flute in the UK's National Youth Orchestra, gained a PhD in music from Cambridge University, and carried out post-doctoral research at Oxford. She is senior lecturer at the School of Music, University of Auckland, where her specialty is 20th-century and contemporary musical culture. She has held awards from the British Academy, Music & Letters Trust, and Scouloudi Historical Foundation.