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Leading music writer and Observer critic Fiona Maddocks talks about ‘100 works to carry you through’. In so doing she asks how music reflects key moments in our lives, and how we choose the works that inspire, console, comfort and delight. Selecting 100 classical works from across 900 years she argues passionately and persuasively – and at times obstinately – about their inclusion in her selection, and puts each work in its musical and cultural context, discussing omissions and alternatives, and always putting the music first.
Fiona Maddocks is the Classical Music critic of The Observer. She was founder editor of BBC Music Magazine and chief arts feature writer for the London Evening Standard, and has written for numerous other publications. She is the author of Hildegard of Bingen: The Woman of her Age and Harrison Birtwistle: Wild Tracks – A Conversation Diary.