Hale & Iremonger 1997
Allen & Unwin 1993 (Australia)
Quartet 1993 (UK)
Interviews with 30 composers including Andriessen, Birtwistle, Boulez, Cage, Carter, Donatoni, Ferneyhough, Gubaidulina, Lim, Meale, Reich, Saariaho, Sculthorpe, Stockhausen, Tavener and Tippett
Tell your friends about this book, especially those who think there hasn’t been any decent music written since Tchaikovsky, or Beethoven.
Tony Gould, Editions
The real value . . . may be to encourage its readers to seek out the sounds that these many different and fascinatingly individual voices have created, and perhaps even to enjoy them.
David Matthews, Times Literary Supplement
The recounting of . . . moments of human struggle and the discreetly helpful background commentary [make] it a better introduction to contemporary music for the general reader than any textbook could ever be
Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine
. . . one of the best collections of its kind I have read . . . concise, sharp and stylistically responsive to the different characters under scrutiny.
Michael White, The Independent on Sunday
Ford is skilled at drawing out the personalities behind the techniques.
Arnold Whittall, The Musical Times