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Sound Within Sound

A Radical History of Composers in the 20th Century

by (author) Kate Molleson

McClelland & Stewart
Initial publish date
Jul 2022
Composers & Musicians, History & Criticism, 20th Century
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A radical and compelling new history of 20th century composers, shining light on the sonic pioneers whose work transformed musical history.

Sound Within Sound is the impassioned and exhilarating story of the composers who dared to challenge the conventional world of classical music in the 20th century. Traversing the globe from Ethiopia and the Philippines to Mexico, Russia, and beyond, Kate Molleson tells the stories of ten figures that altered the course of musical history, only to be sidelined and denied recognition during an era that systemically favoured certain sounds – and people – over others.
     A celebration of radical creativity rooted in ideas of protest, gender, race, ecology and resistance, Sound Within Sound is an energetic reappraisal of 20th century classical music that opens up the world far beyond its established centres, challenges stereotypical portrayals of the genre and shatters its traditional canon.

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Contributor Notes

Kate Molleson is a journalist and broadcaster, and one of the UK’s leading commentators on contemporary classical music. She presents BBC Radio 3’s New Music Show and Music Matters. Her articles are published in the Guardian, The Herald, BBC Music Magazine and elsewhere. Molleson was raised in Scotland and in Whitehorse and is a graduate of McGill University. She lives in Edinburgh.