"Excellently written. . . recommended to very serious music libraries."—Choice. November, 2000
"In this book, Jonathan Cross studies the sources of Birtwistle's art and presents an account of his musical, aesthetic, and dramatic preoccupations through an exploration of such topics as myth, theater, ritual, pastoral, pulse, and line."—Chamber Music. October, 2000
"Jonathan Cross. . . makes these complex works accessible to the non-specialist. . . Cross's accounts of the operas. . . are among the most interesting passages, managing simultaneously to convey a sense of what the music 'sounds like' and an idea of its wider resonances."—Michael Downes, Times Literary Supplement. January 2001
"This is a lucid, detailed, and eloquent study of a powerful, uncompromising composer. It will surely deepen understanding and maybe even enjoyment of Birtwistle's formidably difficult music."—American Record Guide, January/February 2001
About the Author
Jonathan Cross is Lecturer in Music at the University of Bristol. He has written and lectured widely on twentieth-century music, and is the author of The Stravinsky Legacy. He is associate editor of Music Analysis.