Marlborough Literature Festival 2017 Events

28 September – 1 October

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Fiona Maddocks – Music For Life

September 30, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


‘If music be the food of love, play on.’

Music and literature make an intoxicating harmony. Fiona Maddocks, the chief music critic of The Observer, is author of three books, the latest being Music for Life. The idea for the book is to provide music that sustains us at different times in our lives. Fiona has unashamedly chosen pieces that work for her personally. Each suggestion is accompanied by a complementary image (many courtesy of her husband’s black and white photography collection) and a fascinating back story such as Rachmaninoff’s dismay on seeing American audiences’ faces drop when he announces that he’ll be playing his (sublime) First Piano Concerto.

What we end up with is an eclectic mix of familiar masterworks together with littleknown musical gems. For instance ‘Land, Sea and Air’ sets Debussy’s La Mer alongside Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air (the latter likely to be of particular interest to local LitFest goers). Meanwhile ‘Journeys, Exile’ contains Chopin’s famous 24 Preludes as well as Amériques by the relatively obscure yet highly influential Edgar Varèse.

The book serves as a fascinating and informative read for aficionados, whilst providing a useful introduction to the eager would-be classical music lover. During the event Fiona will play a selection to share with her audience.


September 30, 2017
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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White Horse Bookshop
136 High Street
Marlborough, SN8 1HN United Kingdom
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