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The Devil Prefers Mozart by Anthony Burgess: Carcanet Online Book Launch

Please join us to celebrate the launch of The Devil Prefers Mozart: On Music and Musicians, 1962-1993 by Anthony Burgess, edited by Paul Phillips. The event will be hosted by Matthew Robinson. The event will feature readings and discussion, and audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will show the text during readings so that you can read along.

Registration for this online event will cost £2, redeemable against the cost of the book. You will receive the discount code and instructions for how to purchase the book in your confirmation email as well as during and after the event.

The Devil Prefers Mozart is the first comprehensive collection of Anthony Burgess’s writings about music. In this extensive compilation of essays and reviews, he covers a vast range of musical topics, from the hurdy-gurdy to Beatlemania and the Sex Pistols, with Burgess’s love of English music represented by writings on Elgar, Holst, and Delius. There are essays on Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz and Wagner and other great composers from Monteverdi to Weill, as well as writings about Burgess’s favourite performers, including Yehudi Menuhin, Larry Adler and John Sebastian. Whether whimsical (‘Food and Music’), satirical (‘Anybody Can Conduct’) or controversial (‘Why Punk Had to End in Evil’), Burgess’s writing is consistently informative and entertaining.

The music of Debussy sparked Burgess’s musical imagination so powerfully when he was a boy in Manchester that he composed his first symphony at eighteen years of age and aspired to a career as a professional composer until his mid-thirties. Writings about his own music provides valuable information about many of Burgess’s compositions, including his Symphony in C, his works for guitar quartet, and his opera Blooms of Dublin based on Joyce’s Ulysses.

Carcanet also publishes The Ink Trade, a companion volume of literary essays.

About the speakers:

Paul Phillips is the Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University. He is the author of A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess, published in 2010, and essays on Burgess published in six other books, including the Norton Critical Edition of A Clockwork Orange. He has led performances of many Burgess compositions in concert, including numerous premieres, and conducted the first commercial recording of Burgess’s orchestral music, released by Naxos in 2016.