Friday, March 02, 2007

Douglas Yeo

Jacques Barzun titled his landmark book on the last 500 years of human history, From Dawn to Decadence. His words are wise and his title not merely provocative. The 21st is not the greatest of centuries just because we live in it and everything seems to be at our fingertips.
— Douglas Yeo, What Happened to the Internet?

In recent years I have come to appreciate Berlioz in a new way. At one time I was no great fan of his music — after all he only wrote for a bass trombone in one piece (his Funeral and Triumphant Symphony) and it seemed he wrote endless unisons for the trombone section. After studying him more, I've come to appreciate his remarkable compositional gift and how he understood the orchestra like no composer before and since.
Interview with Douglas Yeo