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"Brilliant, spiritual, funny - at times exasperating - this wonderful book is an irreverent and intimate conversational tour of the physical and spiritual reality of music. Ear-opening, mind-cracking, this is a paean to difficult love, and will remind you of every piece of music that you’ve really listened to."
— Margaret Doody, John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor of Literature at the University of Notre Dame, and author of Aristotle Detective and other novels
“As a first rate composer in his own right, Rose writes from an artist’s highly personal perspective, at times polemical, always enthusiastic in both praise and criticism…Rose sets down the basis for an ongoing argument, one in which the very spirit of our great musical tradition must be examined without fear of debate in order to keep it alive.” —Dr. Donald Sloan, Chair, Department of Music, Coastal Carolina University
Michael Alec Rose is Associate Professor of Composition at Vanderbilt University, where he has won several awards for teaching excellence. His symphonic, chamber and vocal works have delighted and challenged audiences the world over, and he gives frequent guest lectures on music in the United States and abroad.