Whittall, Arnold
October 2009
Tempo;Oct2009, Vol. 63 Issue 250, p2
Academic Journal
The article discusses the work of composer Nicholas Maw. Particular attention is paid to assessing his pieces "Scenes and Arias," "Odyssey," and the opera "Sophie's Choice." It is suggested that Maw believed that art could provide human experience with visions of perfection and a frame for transcendence. It is argued that memory and memorializing played a significant role in Maw's creative art. Maw remarked that melody had the power to enter the listener's inner life and leave an imprint on their memory.


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