Inside Early Music is
a fascinating book, and not just for readers with an interest in early music. Sherman's pointed interviews with opinionated people, and his lucid introductions and postscripts, offer considerable insight into questions about the nature of art, the nature of human nature, and some of the great intellectual controversies of our time.”
–STEVEN PINKER, MIT, author of The Language Instinct

“Bernard Sherman is one of the shrewdest, best informed, and most sensible commentators on the early music scene. This book
should be required reading for anyone concerned with issues of historically-informed performance.”
–WALTER FRISCH,
Columbia University, author of Brahms: The Four Symphonies

I can’t imagine a better book of its kind. . . . readers will profit greatly and they are addressed considerately and without condescension.”
–RICHARD TARUSKIN, UC Berkeley, author of Text and Act

“Sherman is no ‘invisible’ interviewer–he’s actively concerned with the historical record, with traditions, and with distinguishing between matters of personal taste and objective judgement. He invites these artists to speak of their deepest musical convictions even as he challenges them with competing points of view (and not only those they are accustomed to hearing). As a result, many arguments that seemed merely polemical in the popular press are shown to be subtle, urgent and deep. The associated discographies highlight some of the most exciting and moving performances now available, and there is a storehouse of wisdom in Sherman’s discussions of ‘further reading.’ This is
a superb achievement, brilliantly done.
GEORGE BARTH, Stanford, author of The Pianist as Orator

An important contribution to our understanding of the early-music phenomenon. On topics ranging from Hildegard to Brahms, Sherman knows whom to ask and what to ask them.”
STEWART CARTER,
Wake Forest University, editor of A Performer’s Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music

"This is much more than a compilation of interesting interviews. It's an extremely well-informed, balanced, and scholarly examination of key issues in the so-called Early Music movement. Most valuable." -   SIR ROGER NORRINGTON*

* BTW, we didn't use Sir Roger's quote on the dustjacket - after all, he's one of the interviewees. But Oxford asked him and he kindly responded - and here is his puff, published for the first time...

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