Tallis Scholars' baritone, Donald Greig, has written a novel - Time Will Tell
05 September 2012
Donald Greig, who will be familiar to anyone who's ever seen The Tallis Scholars in concert or bought a Gimell recording in the past twenty-five years, has written a novel. Entitled Time Will Tell, it's about early music and is set in both the 15th century and the modern day. It revolves around the fate of a musical manuscript that's been discovered by an American musicologist. The music historian is on his way to Tours in France, where he hopes to convince a British early-music group to give the first performance of the piece. Amongst the composers brought to fictional life in a 15th century memoir are Josquin and Ockeghem.
Peter Phillips said:
"Fluently marrying the three worlds of London professional singer, American academia and the life of a 15th century composer, Don Greig has written a modern masterpiece. Everything is in place for a thriller which will make its readers laugh out loud. Every detail is secure, every gesture assured - and the twist at the end perfectly managed."
The novel has received other excellent endorsements:
"A fascinating double glimpse into the world of modern singers and medieval music" - Terry Jones (Monty Python and author of Chaucer's Knight)
"A delightful romp through the passions and pretensions of the early-music world." - Sarah Dunant (Author of The Death of Venus and Sacred Hearts)
"Funny, sharp and oddly compassionate." Charles Saumarez Smith - Secretary and Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts
"This is one for lovers of The Name of the Rose and Possession ...and lovers of early music. Donald Greig's antihero lives in a thoroughly plausible academic world as he attempts to fit in with the equally plausible singers of the group Beyond Compère. The results are often hilarious as the story hurtles to its unexpected climax." - David Fallows - Emeritus Professor of Musicology at the University of Manchester and author of Josquin (2009)
"An absolute page-turner! Brilliant, compelling, funny, moving and historically insightful" - Tarik O'Regan - Composer
Listen to an interview with Donald Greig on Classic FM.
The book is available from the usual outlets in hardback and on Kindle and iBook.
There is a Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/timewilltellnovel