Mark Berry is a reader in music history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Treacherous Bonds and Laughing Fire: Politics and Religion in Wagner's Ring and After Wagner: Histories of Modernist Music Drama from Parsifal to Nono. He also regularly reviews concert and opera performances for his popular blog, Boulezian.
A superb piece of writing: informative, engaging, and compact. It wears its considerable research with a winning lightness of touch. The best introduction to the composer. --Thomas Hyde, composer and lecturer in music at Worcester College, University of Oxford