The Music of James MacMillan

November 25th, 2019

14/08/18: I have recently finished the first draft of The Music of James MacMillan which will eventually be published by Boydell & Brewer in 2019. More information in due course.

30/08/18: First draft sent to the publishers – fingers crossed they don’t hate it!

26/09/18: Draft back from publishers – only a few changes to make! All systems go…

27/09/18: Front cover done, looks great (portrait by Calum Colvin)

02/11/18: All done and dusted, just need to dot a few i’s and cross a few t’s then I’m finished!

02/11/18: First fruits of all this work, a short article in Cathedral Music for MacMillan’s 60th birthday!

08/03/19: Copy edits received and a lovely foreword by Dame Evelyn Glennie as well! Almost done!

18/03/19: Copy edits and index done! Think that is everything…

10/05/19: Book due for publication on 21 June 2019!

06/06/19: Received my copies today! It looks fantastic!

19/07/19: Really nice to have the book quoted from on BBC Radio 3 Composer of the Week, which was on MacMillan.

14/08/19: First book launch, at Blackwell’s bookshop in Edinburgh. A good audience and an interview with MacMillan.

15/09/19: Excellent review of the book in The Scotsman from Ken Walton: ‘Cooke uses…clinical precision and empirical fairness’ and ‘his unpretentious forensic analysis avoids needless detail’. But I like: ‘Cooke’s book is an inspirational basis for future research and fuller biography’ the most…

02/11/19: Good book launches at the Cumnock Tryst and Sound Festivals. Sold some books as well…

02/11/20: Honorary mention in the New York Times, calling the book ‘an incisive study’, which was nice.

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