A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally
acclaimed, best-selling author and the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
In Absolutely on Music, internationally Haruki Murakami sits down with his friend Seiji Ozawa, the
revered former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, for a series of conversations on their
shared passion: music. Over the course of two years, Murakami and Ozawa discuss everything from
Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from Bartók to Mahler, and from
pop-up orchestras to opera. They listen to and dissect recordings of some of their favorite
performances, and Murakami questions Ozawa about his career conducting orchestras around the
world. Culminating in Murakami’s ten-day visit to the banks of Lake Geneva to observe Ozawa’s
retreat for young musicians, the book is interspersed with ruminations on record collecting, jazz
clubs, orchestra halls, film scores, and much more. A deep reflection on the essential nature of both
music and writing, Absolutely on Music is an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.