Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

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Product Details

Price
$17.98  $16.54
Publisher
Bellevue Literary Press
Publish Date
Pages
224
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781942658979

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About the Author

Natalie Hodges has performed as a classical violinist throughout Colorado and in New York, Boston, Paris, and the Italian Piedmont, as well as at the Aspen Music Festival and the Stowe Tango Music Festival. She graduated from Harvard University, where she studied English and music, and lives in Denver, Colorado. Uncommon Measure is her first book.

Reviews

"Natalie Hodges is a musician with a poet's soul and a writer with a musician's heart. Her prose partita, Uncommon Measure, is an extraordinary translation of music, devotion, and sorrow into the literary, recounting her relinquishment of a performance career and her continued love of music. In these pages, if no longer on the stage, she is brilliantly making us hear." --Susan Faludi, author of Backlash and In the Darkroom

"Uncommon Measure is astonishingly assured and inventive. Mixing personal reflection, reportage, literary criticism, music theory, neurology, even evolutionary studies, Hodges has pulled off something singular and wonderful. From the first page to the last, the book rides on the high wire of Hodges's virtuosic voice. It is shot through with a sinuous, luminous energy." --Darcy Frey, author of The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams

"There is not a sentence in Hodges's Uncommon Measure that does not illumine, not a single insight that doesn't lead on to a still greater one, not a moment that does not open us to wonder. In searching and visionary prose, Hodges comes close to creating a new language, one of continual questioning and delight. This is an exquisite book to be read and reread, a treasure." --Richard Hoffman, author of Half the House and Love & Fury

"Hodges is a new, valuable voice in the world of music making and music writing. She moves with elegance from her own experience as a violinist to the scientific underpinnings of her subject: from math, physics, and neurology to quantum mechanics, biology, and entanglement theory. Uncommon Measure is a welcome debut from a wonderfully talented writer." --Annik LaFarge, author of Chasing Chopin