Music from the Road: Views and Reviews 1978-1992

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Since his debut fourteen years ago, Tim Page has established himself as one of our most original and perceptive music critics, and one of the very few to maintain a serious involvement with the music of our own time. Gathering many of Page's liveliest articles and interviews, Music from the Road introduces a remarkable critical sensibility to a wider audience while offering thought-provoking new perspectives on composers, performers, and trends that dominate the current scene.
Page covers a characteristically wide range of topics, from Irving Berlin's complex sweetness to Milton Babbitt's elegant ferocity, from Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg's wild-woman glamour to Mitsuko Uchida's infinitely articulated restraint, from Pavarotti at the Garden to Sweeney Todd in the opera house. Special highlights are two moving profiles of Leonard Bernstein, a revealing survey of musical prodigies, a trenchant discussion of opera fanatics, and Page's famous Piano Quarterly interview with Glenn Gould. Other interviews offer surprising insights into the thought and works of Babbitt, John Cage, and, in a remarkable joint interview, Philip Glass and Steve Reich.
Balancing an intimate knowledge of the music with an eternal capacity for being surprised, Page is an ideal guide to the new, the old, and the radically unexpected.

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Tim Page is a music critic at Newsday. His work has appeared in High Fidelity, Saturday Review, and The New York Times, and he has taught music criticism at Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School.

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"These 65 pieces...are direct, descriptive, and impeccably balanced."--Fanfare

"[Page] is the rare journalist who writes as lucidly of Steve Reich's 23-year-old 'Four Organs' which consists of a single chord drawn out for 20 minutes' as he does of the 'grave power' of J.S. Bach's 'St. Matthew Passion."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Page writes with enthusiasm and an open mind, and obviously likes music....Something of an amnivore, he likes minimalism, but also Milton Babbitt. He is not above writing an article on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Compulsively readable, this collection is highly recommended."--Library Journal

"An ideal serious music critic for the deeply interested bu perhaps not musically schooled reader. [Page] is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, straightforward yet balanced about his own tastes, and marvelously broad-minded....In short, there's not a better popular writer on concert music and performance around these days."--Booklist

"Tim Page makes the reading of music criticism enjoyable even for people who have no ear for music. But they must have an ear for language, because his deft use of it is in itself a musical delight."--William F. Buckley, Jr.

"I enjoyed Tim Page's Music From the Road--bright and interesting portraits with a journalist's touch; criticism which is not too lofty; musicology which is not stuffy."--Peter Jennings

"Tim Page enriches the American music scene by sharing his passion and sensibility. He is a champion for creators and recreators and an important commentator on the compelling developments of music in the late 20th century. We need more like him."--Frances Richard, Director of the Symphony and Concert Division, ASCAP

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