I’ve revised – quite thoroughly revised – the riffs I’ve been posting here since September. You can find the complete revision here, in one long file. It’s a lot to read, but I’d love people to read it. You’ll see that everything is tighter, and flows better. With some new ideas added.
And you’ll see that the book will have musical interludes, as I’m calling them – passages on music itself. My reminiscence of singing Otello many years ago is now the first of these. The second might come in chapter two of the book, in the section on funding. I’ll talk, purely in musical terms, about what classical music from expensive performances – star quality, works of huge scale (Mahler 8th), seasoned and polished orchestras. Plus of course more.
Comments on all of this warmly welcome. I’ve learned a lot from the comments I’ve gotten up to now, both here on the blog and privately. The book is stronger because of them.
Now I’m going to pick up the pace. Look for a riff on chapter two of the book right here, a week from today. See the book outline here, to see what’s going to be in it.
Coming soon: a blog sidebar, tracking the progress of the book, with links to everything I’ve posted. And, later in the month, a draft of the real text of chapter one. Which will take the riffs revision quite a bit further.
A question. The revised riffs — in a single PDF file — are long. Would some of you like to have them in shorter gulps? Let me know, either in comments, or by email.
And watch this space for further developments. Note, by the way, that you can subscribe to book updates and get them directly by email. Just click the link, and put “subscribe” in the subject line. There’s no obligation, the list is completely private, and you can opt out at any time