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Vindications Deryck Cooke

Vindications

Deryck Cooke

Published August 21st 2008
ISBN : 9780571242740
Paperback
228 pages
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The legendary musicologist Hans Keller described his friend and colleague Deryck Cooke as one of our times two or three major analytic intellects. The posthumous collection of his writings which comprises Vindications, published by Faber in 1982,MoreThe legendary musicologist Hans Keller described his friend and colleague Deryck Cooke as one of our times two or three major analytic intellects. The posthumous collection of his writings which comprises Vindications, published by Faber in 1982, was selected both from Cookes published and unpublished articles and from his many radio talks.His was a constantly enquiring mind, and the subjects of the essays range widely: from the four composers Cooke cared for most passionately - Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler and Delius - to a justification of the Lennon-McCartney songs (a superb piece of no-nonsense analysis) and an illuminating radio talk on Wuthering Heights. His insights always offer new perspectives, while the longest essay in the book, The Unity of Beethovens Late Quartets, puts forward an important and cogent theory which challenges most accepted views of these great works.Deryck Cookes sadly early death, at the age of 57, deprived us of one of the centurys major thinkers about music, who still had much to offer. With a moving and informative Foreword by the writer and broadcaster, Brian Magee, Vindications stands alongside Cookes The Language of Music as a major contribution to musical literature.