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Book Review: Music, Sense and Nonsense by Alfred Brendel

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Alfred Brendel writes as tellingly about music as he plays it. Anyone familiar with the pianist’s style—the clean lines of his Mozart and Schubert, the quiet wit of his Haydn—will recognise it in this wide-ranging collection of essays and lectures. Metronome markings and Mozart cadenzas, Charlie Chaplin and Chopin, all come under the gently probing scrutiny of this idiosyncratic mind.

The pieces included here span almost exactly five decades, including material from previous volumes Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts and Music Sounded Out, as well as…

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