Composers & Their Measure by James A. Altena

Review

Composers & Their Measure

Surprised by Beauty: A Listener's Guide to the Recovery of Modern Music by Robert R. Reilly with Jens F. Laurson

reviewed by James A. Altena

Robert J. Reilly is definitely a man on a mission—a laudable one at which he generally succeeds, albeit with some significant missteps. That mission is to document what he terms the "recovery of modern music"—more specifically, the recovery of beauty in modern classical music from a prolonged era in which any concern for beauty was not just ignored, but overtly and emphatically rejected by academi . . .