Writing Music: Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht

09/03/2019 4:30 pm
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In a lively and good-natured session, Norman Lebrecht, novelist and one of Britain’s best known commentators on classical music, discussed with Steven Isserlis, renowned concert cellist and composer, the elusive relationship between the experience of music and the language employed to write about it.

Norman Lebrecht


Norman Lebrecht is the world’s bestselling author on classical music. His most recent book was the critically acclaimed Why Mahler? His Whitbread Award-winning novel, The Song of Names, is currently being developed into a feature film. Aside from the history of Western music, he has a lifelong passion for the culture and chronicles of the Jewish people. He lives in London.

Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis is an eminent concert cellist and composer. In 1998 he was awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to music. He is the author ofWhy Beethoven Threw the Stew (2001)