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Title: UNHEARD MELODIES - AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MUSIC

Author: Peter Milward

Category: Arts, Entertainment, Linguistics
Number of pages: 42
Size: A5

e-Book compatible devices: pc
Viewer: ActiBook
Language: English

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Book Summary

This book is presented in its sub-title as 'an autobiography of music', recalling the author's various experiences of music from childhood onwards, culminating in Handel's 'Messiah'. The title echoes the words of John Keats in his 'Ode on a Grecian Urn', "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter." The idea behind the title is that of TS Eliot, "Words after speech reach into the silence." It is not enough to listen to music with the ears, but it is no less impressive to recall memories of music from the past, as they point to the heavenly origin of music.

Author Profile

Peter Milward was born in London on October 12, 1925, and educated at Wimbledon College (a Jesuit high school). He entered the Society of Jesus in 1943, and after various studies he went on to specialize in the Classics and English at Oxford University. He came to Japan in 1954 and after further studies was ordained priest in 1960. From 1962 onwards he has taught English literature at Sophia University in Tokyo. In addition to founding the Renaissance Institute, the Hopkins Society of Japan and the Chesterton Society of Japan, he has published some 400 books, mostly as textbooks for Japanese students, many of them translated into Japanese, but now most of them out of print. Several of his books, especially those on the drama of Shakespeare and the poetry of Hopkins, have been published in England and America. Even in retirement he is still teaching and writing, as he enters his 88th year (or beiju).