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Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More Hardcover – 4 February 2020

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A Financial Times Book of the Year 2019

Hough's writings on music are endlessly knowledgeable, illuminating, and accessible . . . Music lovers, from professional musicians to casual listeners, will find the book a delight to browse through. -- Publishers Weekly

[Rough Ideas is] highly episodic, with entries ranging from a few dozen words to a few hundred. Many of them begin with questions -- the sort of things he's repeatedly asked, one guesses, by adoring audiences and sponsors over post-concert drinks and nibbles before packing his bag to move on to the next venue . . . But if the questions are sometimes routine, the answers are like Hough's playing: original, fresh, deeply considered, personal. And sometimes quirky or contrarian. We know the 10,000-hour rule to prepare for genius. But Hough shows it helps to have genius as well. -- Alan Rusbridger, The Spectator

Stephen Hough's brilliance isn't limited to the concert stage or recording studio. The classical pianist, as his fans already know, is something of a polymath. This lively collection of writings gathers dozens of unfailingly perceptive, often charming, and occasionally moving reflections on the musician's craft, the symbiosis between performer and audience, Rilke, Simone Weil, Lou Reed, and the importance of practice--which allows "'the time to make mistakes and the leisure to correct them.'" --Commonweal

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Stephen Hough, one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, performs with the world's major orchestras and in recital at the most prestigious concert halls. He has made more than sixty CD recordings and has composed works ranging from solo piano to orchestral. As an author, he has written articles for The Guardian and The Times (London), and he wrote a blog for The Telegraph for seven years. His first novel, The Final Retreat, was published in 2018.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Farrar, Straus and Giroux (4 February 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 464 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0374252548
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0374252540
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 14.33 x 3.73 x 21.82 cm
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