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. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published 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. It’s a beautiful and poignant look at how we know music as well as how we truly know a person. Refresh and try again. The beauty of this memoir is not only in the compassion Kennicott ultimately finds for … Thank you. Norton. 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. I chose to review “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” by Philip Kennicott for two reasons. Bach. The author is a gifted writer. 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. Philip Kennicott. 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. Beautiful, upsetting, redemptive, informative -- written with such care. Which is a good thing, because there are no answers, only experiences. Please try your request again later. I liked the mix of memoir and biography/history, and it was fun to listen to the Bach pieces while/after reading about them. 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). 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. 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. Kennicott is the author of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning (Norton 2020). — Tim Page, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California For him, Bach’s music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. -- I found the writing style a bit dry and clinical. 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. 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 no discussion topics on this book yet. I don’t know where the author’s father was during all of this. A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2020 A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. 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. A beautiful balance between memoir and music writing. Bach. 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. Please try again. ISBN 9780393635379. “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. Wrought with gut-wrenching cynicism and probing questions about why and how we grieve, this book shaped my outlook on life during the pandemic. Counterpoint is, as stated on the cover, a memoir of Bach and mourning. Counterpoint NPR coverage of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott. Read "Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning" by Philip Kennicott available from Rakuten Kobo. And Brahms, and Dvorak, and Shostakovich. 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. A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. 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. I’ve been in mourning since my husband died in April 2019 and I love baroque music (JS Bach is the master). Philip Kennicott, author of Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning, is the Pulitzer Prize-winning Senior Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning ; About; Explore; About. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The content about the author's family was so enjoyable and interesting but ultimately only tenuously connected to the rest of the content. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Be the first to ask a question about Counterpoint. I, for starters, root for Beethoven. Definitely an insightful read and one worth reading, Gay Men Write About Their Moms (and Death) – a reading list. 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. [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 . Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning: Amazon.co.uk: Philip Kennicott: 9780393635362: Books As in, “I love her/ I hate her”. But Counterpoint can be painful to read because the author’s mother was extremely abusive to him, both emotionally and physically. I highly recommend it. The author is a gifted writer. Conditions apply. Ratings: Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5/5 (3 ratings) Length: 8 hours. 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. 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 have a lot in common with this author in regards to grief, a toxic parent, and a life long love of music. Given that the author is not a professional. I listened to this book on audiotape, and wished I could listen to the story on a loop as soundtrack to my life. 224p. The Resource Counterpoint : a memoir of Bach and mourning, Philip Kennicott, (electronic resource eBook) Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning, by Philip Kennicott, W.W. Norton & Company, https://wwnorton.com. But I laughed out loud at the episode -- toward the end of the book -- involving eggplant parmigiana. Learn more about VAT here. All the while not making a conclusion about our parents, grief, and making music. The Essential Collection: Early Keyboard Gold. 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. But Counterpoint can be painful to read because the author’s mother was extremely abusive to him, both emotionally and physically. 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. He spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer's greatest keyboard masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations. Try again. This is a beautifully written book. (I took the subtitle -- the mourning part -- more seriously than was perhaps warranted...) -- 'Counterpoint' works on a number of different levels (befitting its title! This was not an easy book to read for me, but it was an intimate and beautiful read. I found this memoir sometimes insightful and other times scattered. 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. Save for Later Save Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning For Later. 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 experienc… February 18th 2020 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. I'd really only recommend this to mucic nerds but for them it is really a great read. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Book Information Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. 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. A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. 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. 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. Music. I normally don't read memoirs of people I don't know, but this was a fascinating take that I enjoyed very much! 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. Lots of little biographical tidbits about Bach, Gould, and other music histories that keep a nice balance. I loved every page of this book. I found this memoir sometimes insightful and other times scattered. Start by marking “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Which is a good thing, because there are no answers, only experiences. EPUB. See, I've just expanded the market for Kennicott's memoir about ten thousand fold, or shall we say one hundred thousand? 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. E-mail after purchase. 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. A good read overall. 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. Bach is not a composer I feel the need to listen to on a regular basis. It makes total sense psychologically that the author grew up to become a music critic. He spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer’s greatest keyboard masterpieces, the. 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. Bach is not a composer I feel the need to listen to on a regular basis. I believe the book might have benefited from some musical examples. 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. © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. At points, the book is sad, and at others, especially in the final 10 pages, I found myself laughing out loud. The author is a gifted writer. And, perhaps more significantly, How is it ever possible to know another human being? In his, I recognized my own troubled relationship with my mother which was directly related to my own troubled re. While exploring Bach’s compositions he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the 20th century. I loved the Bach stuff and the content on the nature of learning, studying, and practicing music. 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. More generally, the flow sometimes seemed to get distracted from the main quandry of what it means. Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. All the while not making a conclusion about our parents, grief, and making music. Music intertwines all aspects of life, and the author does a good job of showing how that works. Kennicott won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism . 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. We’d love your help. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. At points Kennicott describes both life and music in rather technical terms, at other points he infuses anecdotes and insightful turns of phrase. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Sorry, there was a problem saving your cookie preferences. ISBN 9780393635362. Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. 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. Similar books. So, you may. I found the power of healing through Phillip Kennicott's comparisons and words. 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 information and commentary on Bach does not add to whatever one can find in a music history book and the part about the family is personal, with maybe a glimpse of mid century suburban America making it engaging and informative. As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. Kennicott won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Buy Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning by Philip Kennicott (ISBN: 9780393635362) from Amazon's Book Store. 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. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. 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. There are 0 reviews and 0 ratings from United Kingdom. Definitely good, interesting on mourning and family histories and Bach. (I took the subtitle -- the mourning part -- more seriously than was perhaps warranted...) -- 'Counterpoint' works on a number of different levels (befitting its title! 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. Once she yanked his hair so hard that he fell backwards off of the piano bench onto the floor. And I learned so much. 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). Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. 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. Learn more about Import fee deposit here. Unable to add item to List. I’ve been in mourning since my husband died in April 2019 and I love baroque music (JS Bach is the master). His mother certainly was. Biology, Genetics | Music. A fantastic book that is well put together. 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. By Philip Kennicott. So, you may ask, which audiences will the book resonate with? Create a List. 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. 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. Kennicott's journey in learning Bach's Goldberg Variations resonated less with me, but was still enjoyable to read. It was the only music that didn't seem trivial or irrelevant, and it enabled … 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. It's not that it isn't interesting, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to take out of it. -- Recommended...with caution. It's particularly impressive because it's an homage to a difficult mother, with whom the writer had a difficult relationship. *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. What I got from the book was different from what I expected. For him, Bach's music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. I respected his realistic perspective on the powers of music-- that it cannot magically heal grief and pain, but is transformative nonetheless. At points, the book is sad, and at others, especially in the final 10 pages, I found myse. But of course he had a deeply ambivalent relationship with his mother. I strongly believe it will resonate with a lot more readers than those who care about Bach. I really liked the parts where he was able to be transparent with the reader. I, for starters, root for Beethoven. He lives in Washington, D.C. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. 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! Feb. 2020. Music intertwines all aspects of life, and the author does a good job of showing how that works. Philip Kennicott is the chief Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. I was reminded of Jackson Brown's lyrics for "To a Dancer," that go "In the end there is one dance you do alone." What does it mean to know another human being? (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. Many of his reflections were clearly the extension of a well examined inner life, which draws the reader into much of the same. 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? Norton, $26.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-393-63536-2. 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. Kennicott's journey in learning Bach's Goldberg Variations resonated less with me, but was still enjoyable to read. Beautifully written, informative, honest and very very moving. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. ‎A Pulitzer Prize–winning critic reflects on the meaning and emotional impact of a Bach masterwork. Download to App. 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. 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. This made me realize that I would like a more in-depth knowledge of classical music, but then didn't quite scratch that itch. This book was great but not five stars. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. He’s nowhere to be found in the book. I'm still working on processing my feelings about death and loss. 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. (You can judge, I'll get over it.) EPUB. This is probably not a book for everyone. This book deserves to be widely read. Philip Kennicott is the chief … The Bach anecdotes were amusing, but I think maybe a bit digressional at times. No matter what, children always seem to love abusive parents. Philip Kennicott is the chief Art and Architecture Critic of The Washington Post. 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. Kennicott creates a most unusual book about Bach and grief (surrounding his mother’s life. This turned out to be phenomenally good. 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. I’ve been in mourning since my husband died in April 2019 and I love baroque music (JS Bach is the master). I found the book, on the whole, to be insightful, moving, and beautifully written. Once she yanked his hair so hard tha. Welcome back. by W. W. Norton Company, Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. 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. 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. Share. Something went wrong. As Kennicott recovered from losing his mother he resolved to learn one of Bach’s most … Wonderfully insightful memoir about the power both music and goal setting have on our experiences. 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 … The Bach anecdotes were amusing, but I think maybe a bit digressional at times. 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. Lots of little biographical tidbits about Bach, Gould, and other music histories that keep a nice balance. Shop books, stationery, devices and other learning essentials. $26.95; ebk. 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. ): 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. Download Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning. 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. For him, Bach’s music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. The author certainly did. This article was adapted from his new book, “Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach and Mourning” (Norton, February 2020). It’s hard to imagine he doesn’t have a deeply ambivalent relationship to music too. 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