A Clockwork Counterpoint is the first book to examine the musical side of Anthony Burgess, an astonishingly prolific, underrated and talented composer, revealing how his lifelong involvement in music is an essential key toward understanding his life and work.
Whether explaining the sonata form structure of A Clockwork Orange and the musical underpinnings of dozens of his other novels, his distinctive views on the interrelationship between music and literature, music's role in his ties to his father and wives, or what his compositions tell us about his troubled relationship with his son, A Clockwork Counterpoint illuminates Burgess's dual creative life, providing the first complete portrait of a prodigious artist whose musical accomplishments have remained largely unknown until now. -- .
Paul Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Brown University, Rhode Island -- .
1 The Truly Great Artistic Moment 2 Boyhood 3 Burgeoning Composer 4 War: Britain & Gibraltar 5 Peace: Preston, Bamber Bridge & Banbury 6 Malaya 7 Brunei 8 "Terminal" Year 9 Nasty Little Shockers 10 Eschatological Escapades 11 Shakespeare in Love 12 Pure Music 13 Family Affairs 14 Kubrick the Sinny Veck 15 Ancient Evenings 16 Bonaparte con brio 17 Symphonic Shakespeare 18 The Old Joanna 19 The Love Song of F X Enderby 20 Roman Carnival 21 Knickerbocker Holiday 22 Poetic License 23 Grace Notes 24 Odes to Joyce 25 Nuns and Lovers 26 Blest Pair of Sirens 27 Alex in Eden 28 The Sad Suck-and-Blow 29 One-Handed Clavichord 30 Wind and Son 31 Commemorations 32 Manchester and Mozart United 33 Confessions and Conclusions 34 Opus posthumous APPENDIX 1 List of Music Compositions APPENDIX 2 Song Texts and Poems APPENDIX 3 Prologue to A Clockwork Orange Filmography . Discography . Acknowledgements Index -- .