Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 29, 1999 - Music - 196 pages
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Michael Nyman's book is a first-hand account of experimental music from 1950 to 1970. First published in 1974, it has remained the classic text on a significant form of music making and composing that developed alongside, and partly in opposition to, the postwar modernist tradition of composers such as Boulez, Berio, or Stockhausen. The experimentalist par excellence was John Cage whose legendary 4' 33'' consists of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence to be performed on any instrument. Such pieces have a conceptual rather than purely musical starting point and radically challenge conventional notions of the musical work. Nyman's book traces the revolutionary attitudes that were developed toward concepts of time, space, sound, and composer/performer responsibility. It was within the experimental tradition that the seeds of musical minimalism were sown and the book contains reference to the early works of Reich, Riley, Young, and Glass. This second edition contains a new Foreword, an updated discography, and a historical overview by the author.
  

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Review: Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Read this with Christophe Cox and Dan Warner in 2001. Along with Jhn Cage's Silence and Morton Feldman's writing, it got me going down a totally different path than i could have imagined, in terms of ... Read full review

Review: Experimental Music: Cage and Beyond

User Review  - Caroline Picard - Goodreads

I didn't finish this book, but I continue to pick it up and read passages and put it down again. It was a great way for me to start thinking about experimental music and there were some interesting exercises/pieces outlined inside. Read full review

Contents

Towards a definition of experimental music i
3
Cage 433
4
Hobbs Voicepiece
6
Cardew The Great Learning Paragraph 7
7
Shrapnel Cantation I
12
Riley In C
16
Cage Water Walk
18
Brecht Incidental Music
21
16c Earle Brown
55
i6e David Tudor
56
7 Cage Concertor Piano and Orchestra
63
Cage Concert for Piano and Orchestra with Soncj Books in performance
64
Wolff For One Two or Three People
68
Fluxus
72
Cage Theatre Piece
73
Brecht Spanish Card Pieceor Objects
75

Backgrounds
31
Satie Entracte
34
George Ives and the First Connecticut Heavy Artillery Band
40
Awakening of a City
43
preparation of the piano
45
table of preparations
46
Feldman Brown Wolff Cage
50
5 Feldman Intersection 3
52
16a Morton Feldman
54
Brecht Com b Music Comb Event
76
Brecht Two Exercises
77
26a Brecht performs his Soloor Violin
78
26c Brecht performing his Piano Piece 1962
79
Electronic systems
89
Minimal music determinacy and the new tonality
139
Selected source bibliography
172
Suggested jurther reading
190
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