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Anthony Burgess

Photo of Anthony Burgess taken at the Duke of York pub in Chiswick, 1968.
Anthony Burgess (1917 – 1993).
Photo taken at the Duke of York pub in Chiswick, 1968.
Credit: The International Anthony Burgess Foundation 1

Born John Burgess Wilson in Harpurhey, Manchester, England, he was a novelist, poet, playwright, linguist, translator, and critic. Anthony Burgess was also a pianist and composed over 250 pieces of music (go to Naxos for the 2018 release of The Bad-Tempered Electronic Keyboard) comprising symphonies, concertos, musicals, an opera, and piano solos.

I wish people would think of me as a musician who writes novels, instead of a novelist who writes music on the side.
Anthony Burgess from The International Anthony Burgess Foundation 2
Some day, I hope, there will be a really substantial book about the relationship between the art of words and the art of sound [...].

[As a boy] I wanted to know what [...] music looked like, I sensed that its eternal reality, as opposed to the evanescent reality of performance, lay in printed symbols. I would have to learn to read music [...] How did I start? [...]  I found that middle C [...] on the untuned upright in the long cold sitting room.

Find middle C and you have found everything.
Anthony Burgess from This Man & Music 3
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Anthony Burgess' Lost Sonata. 4
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Anthony Burgess Sings 'The Young May Moon'. 5
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[2]
"Composer".  AnthonyBurgess.Org.  International Anthony Burgess Foundation, 2019.  Web.  16 Sept. 2019.
[3]
Burgess, Anthony.  This Man & Music.  New York: McGraw-Hill, 1983: Pgs. 9, 17-18.  Google Books.  Web.  16 Sept. 2019.
[4]
Channel 4 News.  "Anthony Burgess lost sonata."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 10 Nov. 2012.  Web. 20 September 2019.  Standard YouTube License.
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International Anthony Burgess Foundation.  "Anthony Burgess Sings The Young May Moon."  Online Video Clip.  YouTube.  YouTube, 25 Feb. 2018.  Web. 20 September 2019.  Standard YouTube License.