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Music at the Limits (Columbia Themes in Philosophy, Social Criticism, and the Arts)

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Music at the Limits is the first book to bring together three decades of Edward W. Said's essays and articles on music. Addressing the work of a variety of composers, musicians, and performers, Said carefully draws out music's social, political, and cultural contexts and, as a classically trained pianist, provides rich and often surprising assessments of classical music an ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Columbia University Press (first published October 19th 2007)
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Jun 11, 2012 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I've bonded with Said over our mutual love for Maurizio Pollini, but I feel like I need to scold him a little for his mild disrespecting of Vladimir Ashkenazy. ("...Pollini's career communicates a feeling of growth, purpose, and form. Sadly, most pianists...seem merely to wish to remain in power. I have thought this, perhaps unfairly of Vladimir Horowitz and Rudolf Serkin. These are men with tremendous gifts, and much dedication and energy; they have given great pleasure to their audiences. But ...more
Continuing the theme of serendipity... This is the book I was shopping for when I happened on The Music Lesson. Edward Said, the late much lamented, analyst and critic ("Orientalism") was also a very good pianist. The review of the book in the Economist was favorable, so I trotted off to buy the book.
It is a compilation of his writings on music - mostly criticism - for the Nation, NY Rev of Bks, etc. Given my obsession with Glenn Gould, it was unnerving to discover that Said was even more obs
This is a collection of writings on music by the late Palestinian-American cultural critic, perhaps best known for his critique of 'orientalism', the consensus western view of the Middle East. Throughout his career, Said wrote essays on musical events and controversies, which have been brought together in this 325-page book by his widow Mariam. He has outspoken views, for example on the fetishism of music festivals and competitions. He repeatedly lauds his rather predictable list of favourite pi ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Nathanial rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Said's just so good. Here he takes his philological eye to the performance, production, and reception of orchestral music in the U.S. (mainly) during the 80s, 90s, and until his death. Critiques composers, instrumentalists, conductors, opera directors, and even other critics.

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Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem and raised in Egypt until his parents sent him to the United States in 1951.

Said graduated from Princeton University in 1957 and earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964.

He was a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York and held his chair until his death at 67. His major interests
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