Archive On 4: Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Archive

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Saturday 18 August



Anthony Burgess is best known as the author of A Clockwork Orange, published 50 years ago. Paul Morley explores Burgess's Northern roots and his hidden passion for composing music.

Burgess was born in 1917 in one of the poorest areas of North Manchester. It was entirely unpredictable that such a major literary figure and polymath would spring from such a humble background. He remained in Manchester until he graduated from the university, but never went back to live there and was careful to disguise his Northern accent.

His first creative ambition was to be a composer. He wrote more than 200 pieces of classical music, including full-length symphonies and a ballet. Very little of his music was performed during his lifetime, but it is now attracting interest from musicians and academics.

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