by W. W. Norton Company, Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. More generally, the flow sometimes seemed to get distracted from the main quandry of what it means. It’s a beautiful and poignant look at how we know music as well as how we truly know a person. Definitely an insightful read and one worth reading, Gay Men Write About Their Moms (and Death) – a reading list. Music. It's not that it isn't interesting, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to take out of it. After his mother died, the author began to learn Bach's Goldberg Variations in seriousness. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. All the while not making a conclusion about our parents, grief, and making music. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. This made me realize that I would like a more in-depth knowledge of classical music, but then didn't quite scratch that itch. — Tim Page, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California It jumps between the author's life, Bach's life, and musical analysis, the last of which can be difficult to follow for someone who isn't classically trained. I’ve been in mourning since my husband died in April 2019 and I love baroque music (JS Bach is the master). Resolve captcha to access download link! Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning, Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK, Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost, Dispatch to this address when you check out. It was the only music that didn't seem trivial or irrelevant, and it enabled him to both experience her death and remove himself from it. The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human. The author is a gifted writer. What does it mean to know another human being? It jumps between the author's life, Bach's life, and musical analysis, the last of which can be difficult to follow for someone who isn't classically trained. I chose to review “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” by Philip Kennicott for two reasons. In Counterpoint, he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with his memories of a difficult, complicated childhood. I was reminded of Jackson Brown's lyrics for "To a Dancer," that go "In the end there is one dance you do alone." But I laughed out loud at the episode -- toward the end of the book -- involving eggplant parmigiana. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2020 A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. His mother certainly was. It’s hard to imagine he doesn’t have a deeply ambivalent relationship to music too. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. He is also a two-time Pulitzer finalist (for editorial writing in 2000 and criticism in 2012), a former contributing editor to The New Republic, and a regular contributor to Opera News and Gramophone. (I took the subtitle -- the mourning part -- more seriously than was perhaps warranted...) -- 'Counterpoint' works on a number of different levels (befitting its title! Beautifully written, informative, honest and very very moving. Absolutely loved it, I normally don't read memoirs of people I don't know, but this was a fascinating take that I enjoyed very much! Every student who sweated at the piano keys will relate to the shared experience of failure, fake starts, false expectations, futility, bitterness and will appreciate the sincerity in writing about such a delicate subject as reaching a limit. There's a problem loading this menu at the moment. Punk rock legend, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, award-winning writer, photographer, activist, and all-around Renaissance woman Patti Smith is... As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Unfortunately, this book gets a lower rating from me, not solely on its merits (it's a rather good book, actually), but based on my expectations in approaching it. There are so many issues addressed in this book that I can relate to: aging parents, the effect of hypercritical parenting, a love for classical music, and the beauty brought to your life by playing and listening to music. Counterpoint is not only an intimate examination of a masterpiece—Bach’s Goldberg Variations —but an unflinching and humane meditation on the lifelong process of growing up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. He lives in Washington, D.C. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. For him, Bach’s music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. This was not an easy book to read for me, but it was an intimate and beautiful read. Philip Kennicott. I'm still working on processing my feelings about death and loss. I have a lot in common with this author in regards to grief, a toxic parent, and a life long love of music. Please try again. This turned out to be phenomenally good. All the while not making a conclusion about our parents, grief, and making music. EPUB. Music. While exploring Bach’s compositions he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the 20th century. A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. What I got from the book was different from what I expected. Feb. 2020. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Share. Thank you. I admit I had the Aria theme running through my head as I was reading the book, and it did make me want to listen to the entire piece again, with music in hand. While exploring Bach's compositions he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the twentieth century. A good read overall. I felt poignant delight as I read his honest thoughts about music, practice, struggles, joys, conflicts which were also my own, but which I don't think I ever verbalized even to myself. I was reminded of Jackson Brown's lyrics for "To a Dancer," that go "In the end there is one dance you do alone." “The older we get, the more subtly we must undertake the double exercise of shedding aspects of ourselves so that we have the capacity to develop new ones.”, Patti Smith Talks About Creativity and the Stories that Take Root. I don't know if you have to have played Bach in your youth to appreciate it, as one who did play and misses it, his exigeses are wonderful. As the Midwestern fall turned into a frigid, icy winter, I listened to Glenn Gould playing Bach’s “Goldberg Variations” and read Philip Kennicott’s Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning.Alternating between listening and reading, I found myself overwhelmed by emotion and flooded with the desire to do something. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. It's not that it isn't interesting, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to take out of it. A strange but brilliant melding of memoir and music education, going deep on a troubled mother-son relationship and the son's attempt to try something that's as difficult (playing Bach's Goldberg Variations on the piano) as coming to terms with grief for the person he struggled his whole life to understand. This book was great but not five stars. The author is a gifted writer. There are so many issues addressed in this book that I can relate to: aging parents, the effect of hypercritical parenting, a love for classical music, and the beauty brought to your life by playing and listening to music. For him, Bach's music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. ): it is a memoir of the author's complicated relationship with his mother, a tracing of his interactions with Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Goldberg Variations,' a set of biographical musings on the life of Bach, and, ultimately, a search for an answer to two questions: What do we mean when we say we 'know' a piece of music? [4] He had twice been a Pulitzer Prize finalist before: in 2012, he was a runner-up for the criticism prize, and in 2000, he was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for a series on gun control in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . The subtitle tells us that the two major "melodic lines" are Bach, the great master of counterpoint, specifically his Goldberg Variations, and mourning, specifically for the death of the author's mother. (I took the subtitle -- the mourning part -- more seriously than was perhaps warranted...) -- 'Counterpoint' works on a number of different levels (befitting its title! I respected his realistic perspective on the powers of music-- that it cannot magically heal grief and pain, but is transformative nonetheless. In Counterpoint, he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with his memories of a difficult, complicated childhood. Sorry, there was a problem saving your cookie preferences. I won this book in the giveaway. Philip Kennicott is the chief … I believe the book might have benefited from some musical examples. Wrought with gut-wrenching cynicism and probing questions about why and how we grieve, this book shaped my outlook on life during the pandemic. The Bach anecdotes were amusing, but I think maybe a bit digressional at times. It was a rare and exceptional pleasure for me to discover that there is another suffering soul with thoughts, feelings and experiences (especially in childhood and early adulthood) that parallel mine. To see what your friends thought of this book. -- I found the writing style a bit dry and clinical. Playing music is a basically a solitary activity t. I listened to this book on audiotape, and wished I could listen to the story on a loop as soundtrack to my life. Many of his reflections were clearly the extension of a well examined inner life, which draws the reader into much of the same. Book Information Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Once she yanked his hair so hard that he fell backwards off of the piano bench onto the floor. For him, Bach’s music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. At points Kennicott describes both life and music in rather technical terms, at other points he infuses anecdotes and insightful turns of phrase. “Counterpoint” is a good title, both because the author is delving deeply into several of Bach’s pieces, and because the word counterpoint suggests a kind of “yes but/ there’s this but there’s also that” quality. He’s nowhere to be found in the book. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. Refresh and try again. I’ve been in mourning since my husband died in April 2019 and I love baroque music (JS Bach is the master). Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. His complicated relationship with his mother is part of his story, and it is her decline and death that causes him to do a deep-dive into the music of J.S. It's particularly impressive because it's an homage to a difficult mother, with whom the writer had a difficult relationship. And I learned so much. WW Norton 224 pages. Which is a good thing, because there are no answers, only experiences. It uses Kennicott's Sisyphian process of learning Bach's, In many ways this book is quite good; there are moments when the author expresses his grief about losing his mother in ways which are both beautiful and profound. Download Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. By Philip Kennicott. Narrated by Paul Heitsch. I don’t know where the author’s father was during all of this. A mostly stellar book, that functions as part memoir, part Bach biography, part music criticism, part reflection on the nature of the more esoteric aspects of music, grief, and art. The subtitle tells us that the two major "melodic lines" are Bach, the great master of counterpoint, specifically his Goldberg Variations, and mourning, specifically for the death of the author's mother. See, I've just expanded the market for Kennicott's memoir about ten thousand fold, or shall we say one hundred thousand? Philip Kennicott is the chief Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. Which is a good thing, because there are no answers, only experiences. So, you may. Playing music is a basically a solitary activity that we use to try to find some meaning in life, but in the end we all end up alone and not knowing what of it all is. It was the only music that didn't seem trivial or irrelevant, and it enabled … Philip Kennicott, the senior art and architecture Critic of the Washington Post and a former contributing editor for the New Republic, won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2013. I, for starters, root for Beethoven. I felt poignant delight as I read his honest thoughts about music, practice, struggles, joys, conflicts which were also my own, but which I don't think I ever verbalized even to myself. This article was adapted from his new book, “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” (Norton, February 2020). ): it is a memoir of the author's complicated relationship with his mother, a tracing of his interactions with Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Goldberg Variations,' a set of b. This is probably not a book for everyone. February 18th 2020 In the now popular genre of grief memoir as woven through a single work of art (usually a work of literature, for example All the Lives we Ever Lived), this one is the best I've read. Kennicott's journey in learning Bach's Goldberg Variations resonated less with me, but was still enjoyable to read. I strongly believe it will resonate with a lot more readers than those who care about Bach. Lots of little biographical tidbits about Bach, Gould, and other music histories that keep a nice balance. I normally don't read memoirs of people I don't know, but this was a fascinating take that I enjoyed very much! Lots of little biographical tidbits about Bach, Gould, and other music histories that keep a nice balance. More generally, the flow sometimes seemed to get distracted from the main quandry of what it means to know a piece of music. Save for Later Save Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning For Later. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning: Amazon.co.uk: Philip Kennicott: 9780393635362: Books I'd really only recommend this to mucic nerds but for them it is really a great read. A beautiful balance between memoir and music writing. 224p. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Start by marking “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” as Want to Read: Error rating book. A mostly stellar book, that functions as part memoir, part Bach biography, part music criticism, part reflection on the nature of the more esoteric aspects of music, grief, and art. Music intertwines all aspects of life, and the author does a good job of showing how that works. Definitely good, interesting on mourning and family histories and Bach. And, perhaps more significantly, How is it ever possible to know another human being? But of course he had a deeply ambivalent relationship with his mother. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Any musician who has ever experienced loss should pick this book up. At points, the book is sad, and at others, especially in the final 10 pages, I found myse. Download to App. Learn more about Import fee deposit here. Bach. *Counterpoint* is an aptly titled book -- Philip Kennicott's memoir weaves together narrative strands, much as a contrapuntal piece of music weaves together melodic strands within a piece. I loved the Bach stuff and the content on the nature of learning, studying, and practicing music. I found this memoir sometimes insightful and other times scattered. He spent the next five years trying to learn one of, As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. I found the book, on the whole, to be insightful, moving, and beautifully written. Given that the author is not a professional musician but is a serious hobbyist, I valued the perspective in describing the life and music of Bach with his own experiences. There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from United Kingdom. In Counterpoint, he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with memories of a difficult, complicated childhood. Create a List. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. But Counterpoint can be painful to read because the author’s mother was extremely abusive to him, both emotionally and physically. In many ways this book is quite good; there are moments when the author expresses his grief about losing his mother in ways which are both beautiful and profound. Given that the author is not a professional. The Essential Collection: Early Keyboard Gold. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The Resource Counterpoint : a memoir of Bach and mourning, Philip Kennicott, (electronic resource eBook) He spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer’s greatest keyboard masterpieces, the. ‎A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Conditions apply. At points, the book is sad, and at others, especially in the final 10 pages, I found myself laughing out loud. ISBN 9780393635379. I really liked the parts where he was able to be transparent with the reader. He spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer's greatest keyboard masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations. Unable to add item to List. Please try your request again later. Ratings: Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5/5 (3 ratings) Length: 8 hours. Beautiful, upsetting, redemptive, informative -- written with such care. Bach. Many times it made me question my own relationship with classical music as a professional musician. It was the only music that didn’t seem trivial or irrelevant, and it enabled him to both experience her death and remove himself from it. I felt compelled to write a review not only because I loved it, but because I suspect the title may give the erroneous impression that the book is only for music lovers. Kennicott is the author of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning (Norton 2020). Evidently she had a deep and powerful connection to music as he does, but she also attacked him in vicious unpredictable ways, at times when he was practicing the piano. A fantastic book that is well put together. Unfortunately, this book gets a lower rating from me, not solely on its merits (it's a rather good book, actually), but based on my expectations in approaching it. I strongly believe it will resonate with a lot more readers than those who care about Bach. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Either is a conservative estimate. A poignant, and at times solipsistic and quixotic, detour into the psyche of a classical pianist and the inner communion of his life and his relationship with music after his mother had passed away. (Perhaps more humor like this might have helped the book, too.) In his, I recognized my own troubled relationship with my mother which was directly related to my own troubled relationship with the piano, but also to the joys and love of music and piano we both shared. It makes total sense psychologically that the author grew up to become a music critic. But Counterpoint can be painful to read because the author’s mother was extremely abusive to him, both emotionally and physically. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning, by Philip Kennicott, W.W. Norton & Company, https://wwnorton.com. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. As in, “I love her/ I hate her”. And Brahms, and Dvorak, and Shostakovich. The beauty of this memoir is not only in the compassion Kennicott ultimately finds for … Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Once she yanked his hair so hard tha. The Bach anecdotes were amusing, but I think maybe a bit digressional at times. As Kennicott recovered from losing his mother he resolved to learn one of Bach’s most … Counterpoint NPR coverage of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott. I, for starters, root for Beethoven. (You can judge, I'll get over it.) It was a rare and exceptional pleasure for me to discover that there is another suffering soul with thoughts, feelings and experiences (especially in childhood and early adulthood) that parallel mine. (You can judge, I'll get over it.) For children, the discovery of death … Wonderfully insightful memoir about the power both music and goal setting have on our experiences. At points Kennicott describes both life and music in rather technical terms, at other points he infuses anecdotes and insightful turns of phrase. EPUB. He describes the joys of mastering some of the piano pieces, the frustrations that plague his understanding of others, the technical challenges they pose, and the surpassing beauty of the melodies, harmonies, and counterpoint that distinguish them. Norton. -- Recommended...with caution. I chose to review “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” by Philip Kennicott for two reasons. Philip Kennicott is the chief Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. Music intertwines all aspects of life, and the author does a good job of showing how that works. Something went wrong. I read a preview excerpt in the Washington Post shortly after my father died, so I took it as a sign that I should read this book. Be the first to ask a question about Counterpoint. I a. I read a preview excerpt in the Washington Post shortly after my father died, so I took it as a sign that I should read this book. Try again. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Counterpoint : A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott (2020, Hardcover) at the best online prices at … His complicated relationship with his mother is part of his story, and it is her decline and death that causes him to do a deep-dive into the music of J.S. The many people out there who have had a complicated relationship with their unhappy, complex mother nursing stifled hopes and increasing resentment for her child while they were growing up. This is a beautifully written book. Clearly I’ve got mixed feelings about this book too :). Kennicott won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. EPUB. The content about the author's family was so enjoyable and interesting but ultimately only tenuously connected to the rest of the content. I liked the mix of memoir and biography/history, and it was fun to listen to the Bach pieces while/after reading about them. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In his, I recognized my own troubled relationship with my mother which was directly related to my own troubled re. Learn more about VAT here. The author is not a professional musician but a dedicated amateur who has spent much of his life studying piano or trying to overcome the mental obstacles that kept him from growth. Bach's Musical Universe: The Composer and His Work, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music, Music in the Castle of Heaven: A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach, Bach and the Meanings of Counterpoint: 10 (New Perspectives in Music History and Criticism, Series Number 10). This turned out to be phenomenally good. In some ways, my father had a similar temperament to Kennicott's mother in that his moods could be unpredictable at times, so the author's recounting of his relationship with his mother and about her death hit me a little harder than I had expected. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Definitely an insightful read and o, I have a lot in common with this author in regards to grief, a toxic parent, and a life long love of music. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more. A MEMOIR OF BACH AND MOURNING by Philip Kennicott ‧ RELEASE DATE: Feb. 18, 2020 Pulitzer Prize winner Kennicott, senior art and architecture critic of the Washington Post, makes his book debut with an absorbing meditation on grief. Kennicott's journey in learning Bach's Goldberg Variations resonated less with me, but was still enjoyable to read. We’d love your help. As someone who knows almost nothing about the science of music there were parts of this that were hard to read, but as someone who was invested in completing this book, I nonetheless found the extended metaphors appropriate/understandable for the music philistine audience. Philip Kennicott, author of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning (Norton), is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. A memoir of Bach in terms of the author’s efforts to be able to play Bach’s Goldberg Variations, a memoir of mourning in the sense of his grief over the loss of his mother. It was the only music that didn't seem trivial or irrelevant, and it enabled him to both experience her death and remove himself from it. Bach is not a composer I feel the need to listen to on a regular basis. Reviews for Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning In short, this is a beautiful and unexpectedly uplifting read which will have you reaching for both Gould's Goldbergs and the Chaconne, and perhaps even looking at the world with renewed thoughtfulness. Counterpoint is a thought-provoking and accomplished memoir, meeting Kennicott's own criterion that "every good book or great piece of music carries … I’ve been in mourning since my husband died in April 2019 and I love baroque music (JS Bach is the master). Despite its appearance, this is no self- help book nor an endeavour by a busy journalist to conquer the classical piano repertory, in the manner of Alan Rusbridger’s struggle with Chopin in Play It Again (Jonathan Cape, 2013). And Brahms, and Dvorak, and Shostakovich. The author certainly did. The author is not a professional musician but a dedicated amateur who has spent much of his life studying piano or trying to overcome the mental obstacles that kept him from growth. Kennicott creates a most unusual book about Bach and grief (surrounding his mother’s life. I chose to review “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” by Philip Kennicott for two reasons. Norton, $26.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-393-63536-2. I listened to this book on audiotape, and wished I could listen to the story on a loop as soundtrack to my life. I highly recommend it. ISBN 9780393635362. Bach is not a composer I feel the need to listen to on a regular basis. Shop books, stationery, devices and other learning essentials. So, you may ask, which audiences will the book resonate with? Buy Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott (ISBN: 9780393635362) from Amazon's Book Store. I found the power of healing through Phillip Kennicott's comparisons and words. This book deserves to be widely read. In some ways, my father had a similar temperament to Kennicott's mother in that his moods could be unpredictable at times, so the author's recounting of his relationship with his mother and about her death hit me a little harder than I had expected. And he raises two questions that become increasingly interrelated, not unlike a contrapuntal passage in one of the variations itself: What does it mean to know a piece of music? I felt compelled to write a review not only because I loved it, but because I suspect the title may give the erroneous impression that the book is only for music lovers. We use cookies and similar tools to enhance your shopping experience, to provide our services, understand how customers use our services so we can make improvements, and display ads. In Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Philip Kennicott reflects on these questions through a richly expansive exploration of a Bach masterwork. Biology, Genetics | Music. The author is a gifted writer. Reading this I don’t know if my description can really describe how meaningful and beautifully written this memoir is, but I can not recommend it enough. Two parallel threads run through this book, the "Bach" and the "Mother" respectively. Kennicott won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism . Read "Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning" by Philip Kennicott available from Rakuten Kobo. I found this memoir sometimes insightful and other times scattered. I found the book, on the whole, to be insightful, moving, and beautifully written. E-mail after purchase. No matter what, children always seem to love abusive parents. I loved every page of this book. A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. Similar books. 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