Elmer Schönberger

A celebrated musicologist and an author and composer, Elmer Schönberger has been writing for Vrij Nederland since 1976, and has previously published Het apollinisch uurwerk (The Apollonian Clockwork, 1983) with Louis Andriessen, De wellustige tandarts & andere componisten (The Lascivious Dentist and Other Composers), and De vrouw met de hamer & andere componisten (The Woman with the Hammer and Other Composers, 1992). In 1990 he was awarded the Pierre Bayle Prize for music criticism.

The Art of Shooting Your Bolt

The Art of Shooting Your Bolt

(De Bezige Bij, 1998, 197 pages)

Why is ‘old music’ so popular these days? What renders the Mahler cult so intolerable? And why has contemporary classical music ceased to appeal to the public? These are just a few of the questions the composer and critic Elmer Schönberger asks in his essay collection De kunst van het kruitverschieten.

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