What a fantastic celebration of music - and yes, classical music! We know classical music can reduce stress levels and spark creativity. Now, Clemency Burton-Hill, an award-winning violinist and BBC Radio host, has compiled an exciting piece of music for every day of the year. As she says for "medievalists to millennials," from Bach to Gershwin, this music has just become more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. I’m already a music-lover and this is definitely a new favorite book!— Barb
Although I cannot play an instrument nor carry a tune, I have a deep love and value of music. In my household, we immerse ourselves in it. So to say the title of this book completely caught my attention would be an understatement. And once I read it, it totally made my heart sing. With a single page dedicated to a different piece of music, I'm discovering works I'd never heard of or am reminded of others I'd forgotten. Thanks to the wonder of Google, I can pull up the music and at least listen to part of it while simultaneously reading about it. So what are you waiting for? Pick up this book and start bringing joy into your daily life.— Susan
“Year of Wonder is an absolute treat—the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.” — Eddie Redmayne
A unique celebration of classical music that showcases one inspirational piece each day of the year, written by an award-winning violinist and BBC Radio personality
Classical music has a reputation for being stuffy, boring, and largely inaccessible, but Burton-Hill is here to change that. An award-winning writer, broadcaster and musician, with a deep love of the art form she wants everyone to feel welcome at the classical party, and her desire to share her passion for its diverse wonders inspired this unique, enlightening, and expertly curated treasury. As she says, “The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.”
Year of Wonder introduces readers to one piece of music each day of the year, artfully selected from across genres, time periods, and composers. Burton-Hill offers short introductions to contextualize each piece, and makes the music come alive in modern and playful ways. From Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Puccini to George Gershwin, Clara Schumann, Philip Glass, Duke Ellington, and many remarkable yet often-overlooked voices, Burton-Hill takes us on a dazzling journey through our most treasured musical landscape.
Thoughtfully curated and masterfully researched, Year of Wonder is a book of classical music for everyone. Whether you’re a newcomer or an aficionado, Burton-Hill’s celebration will inspire, nourish, and enrich your life in unexpected ways.
Clemency Burton-Hill is a leading host on BBC Radio 3 and other music and arts programs on radio, television, and online. She regularly contributes to the Observer, the Economist, 1843 Magazine, FT Weekend, the Guardian and the Telegraph. She is also a classical music columnist for BBC Culture. An award-winning violinist she has performed all over the world under leading conductors including Daniel Barenboim. She is the co-founder of Aurora Orchestra and a patron of the music and arts education charities The Choir of London Trust and Dramatic Need. She lives in London.