Anthony Burgess was a brilliant and prolific novelist who also wrote tens of thousands of newspaper articles and book reviews. Any time that he had to spare, he composed symphonic music.
Indeed, several of his novels have musical themes and the most famous of them – Clockwork Orange – uses the finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony as an underlying leitmotiv.
But how much did the author know about the music he loved. Greg Waldmann, in an essay in Open Letters Monthly, wonders whether a failed composer can teach us much about music. Read his cover essay here.
image: AB by Rachel Burgess (c) OLM, Dec 2012