The original book

Seeing New Music was originally published in book-form in 2015. Some of the original 24 stories have been archived to allow space for new stories on this site. The original collection of stories can be viewed here.


Hardback book with screen-printed cover
72 colour pages, ISBN 978-87-997969-0-8
Published 2015, Elevator




Amazon  |  Cantaloupe Music (US)
Dacapo Records (DK)  |  Saxo (DK)  |  from the author  (signed copies available)
At the  Louisiana Museum (DK) bookshop.
And in the following libraries: Denmark  |  Rest of the world




Tom Huizenga of NPR made an entertaining audio-visual story based on Seeing New Music called “What does Music look like?”


Tom Service of The Guardian wrote a fun article about good and bad classical album art, inspired by NPR’s story, titled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”


Featured on “The Metropolis Summer Reading List 2016”




“Burt’s thoughtfulness, imagination and visual variety is an insight into what can happen when label, composer and artist are working in creative synergy. I especially like what she came up with for Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, images that satisfy on their own terms but which intrigue and entice you to hear the music, the subtle balance that classical cover art should always try to achieve.”
Tom Service, The Guardian, August 2015


“In a cultural climate where there is considerable, daily navel-gazing, bewailing even, of how to make Classical music—let alone the frightening contemporary stuff!—relevant and appealing to today’s audiences, this is a book the relevance of which utterly belies the modesty of its scale.”
Guy Rickards, Gramophone, May 2015


“A strange challenge behind album cover artists and graphic designers like Denise Burt is to capture (or at least pique curiosity in) one artistic medium through the use of another…  In fact, the two are often paired in such contrast that to a browsing patron stores might as well be selling vast rows of mystery boxes… classical album art has long suffered from this disconnect, mostly stemming from artwork that has been attributed to and never coordinated with its product. Denise Burt’s album artwork has seemed to realign this creative flowchart using a more focused, logical process…”
Steve Nagel,, August, 2015