Believe Your Ears: Life of a Lyric Composer by Kirke Mechem

By Kirke Mechem

Believe Your Ears is the memoir of composer Kirke Mechem, whose unorthodox route to track offers a desirable narrative. He wrote songs and performed track via ear as a newspaper reporter, a traveling tennis participant, and a Stanford creative-writing significant prior to learning composition and undertaking at Harvard. He describes his residencies in San Francisco, Vienna, London, and Russia, and provides unique awareness to his choral song, operas, and symphonies.

He writes that “the 20th century gave us a lot remarkable tune” yet exhibits how atonality got here to dominate the post-war interval. His lyric kind belongs to no specific “school,” fending off the tendencies, –isms, experiments, fads, and lunacies of the interval. He encourages more youthful composers who're attempting to carry again attractiveness, ardour, and humor—even entertainment—to classical song. He asks song fans to think their very own ears, no longer the lectures of “experts.”

Believe Your Ears is addressed to all who love classical tune. alongside the way in which, readers will meet Dimitri Shostakovich, Wallace Stegner, Billie Jean King, the thankful useless, Richard Rodgers, Benjamin Britten, invoice Tilden, and Aaron Copland—a who’s who in Mechem’s storied career.

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