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Cambridge University Press
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November 2021
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Thomas Adès is a dominant force in contemporary music, whose work attracts significant attention and acclaim, and has been performed by many renowned ensembles. This volume – the first to present a range of scholarly essays on every aspect of Adès's music – offers authoritative accounts of Adès's major compositions from a variety of analytical, critical, cultural and historical perspectives. The opening chapters focus on Adès's earlier music, offering close readings of key works. Further essays focus on his engagement with forms and instrumental genres. The final chapters turn to Adès's texted music and highlight how themes introduced in earlier chapters cut across Adès's entire output. Richly illustrated with musical examples and supported by further online material, this book provides a multi-faceted portrait of Adès's work that opens up new ways of thinking about, and engaging with, his music.


Winner, 2022 Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award, Society for Music Theory


‘the most comprehensive analytical account to date on the music of this living composer … a wonderfully integrated volume discussing all of the composer’s major works …’

Source: Society for Music Theory Awards Committee

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