- Series: Music/Culture
- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Wesleyan; 1st edition (March 31, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0819563420
- ISBN-13: 978-0819563422
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,165,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Singing Archaeology: Philip Glass’s Akhnaten (Music/Culture) Paperback – March 31, 1999
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"A wonderful guide to the opera Akhnaten." -- Philip Glass
“A wonderful guide to the opera Akhnaten.” (Philip Glass)
“This is one of those rare books of musicology that succeeds in keeping your attention with solid musicianly insights (and liberal musical examples to back them up), written with panache and dispassionate admiration of the subject material. Richardson has a dazzling literary style which shines a musico-archaelogist's light into Glass's arcane compositional processes. The musical analysis is careful and thorough. Any composer would be honoured to have a book of this level of seriousness and depth written about their work.” (Neil McGowan (opera producer in Moscow))
“A major contribution to music scholarship… Glass's music is beginning to receive the detailed study it deserves” (Susan McClary, UCLA, author of Conventional Wisdom)
“… erudite, challenging, sensitive and absorbing.” (Raymond Monelle, University of Edinburgh, author of Linguistics and Semiotics in Music)
“Reading [Singing Archaeology] has undeniably enhanced my regard for the work and suggested new ways of approaching music […]. Richardson subjects the work to detailed scrutiny-I suspect that every note of the score and every line of the libretto is considered at one stage of another-and, deploying a broad palette of postmodern theory, articulates a wealth of types of meaning. […] The insights offered by Richardson are many and various, and by no means all of them are dependent on the formidable theoretical scaffolding dominating much of the discussion. His exhaustive mining of relevant literature reaches far beyond the post-structuralist bibles of New Musicology, as a brief glance of his end-notes readily confirms. For instance, he relates much factual information on the historical figure of Akhnaten which will instantly enhance any listener's appreciation of Glass's work. On a more specifically musical front, Richardson makes thought-provoking comparisons of Glass's musical and dramatic strategies with those of certain operatic forebears.[…] The thoroughness of Richardson's research extends to his familiarity with all the productions of the opera to have been mounted since it's première in 1984. Details from different interpretations are regularly introduced as support for his interpretations.” (Robert Adlington, University of Nottingham, author of Louis Andriessen)
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Once I read that book, the opera I have known and listened to for more than 7 years became new again.
This book also puts Akhenaton into the perspective of the others main operas from Philip Glass.
An essential book about this opera and it's creator.