Maximum Clarity and Other Writings on Music (Google eBook)

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University of Illinois Press, Oct 25, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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Described by New York Times critic John Rockwell as "one of the best non-famous composers this country has to offer," Ben Johnston reconceives familiar idioms--ranging from neoclassicism and serialism to jazz and southern hymnody--using just intonation. Johnston studied with Darius Milhaud, Harry Partch, and John Cage, and is best known for his String Quartet No. 4, a complex series of variations on Amazing Grace. This collection of Johnston's writings spans his whole career and shows him to be a truly literate composer who writes about music, his own and that of others, with eloquence and charm. _x000B__x000B_"Maximum Clarity" and Other Writings on Music spans forty years and brings together forty-one of Johnston's most important writings, including many rare and several previously unpublished selections. They include position papers, theoretical treatises, program notes, historical reflections, lectures, excerpts from interviews, and letters, and they cover a broad spectrum of concerns--from the technical exegesis of microtonality to the personal and the broadly humanistic. The volume concludes with a discography of all commercially available recordings of Johnston's music.
  

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Contents

II ON MUSICAL AESTHETICS AND CULTURE
89
III SOME COMPOSITIONS
181
IV ON OTHER COMPOSERS
209
Notes on Sources
259
Bibliography
263
Discography
266
Index
271
back cover
287
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About the author (2006)

Ben Johnston taught theory and composition from 1951 to 1984 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music. Now retired, he lives in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Bob Gilmore is a reader in musicology at Dartington College of Arts in England. He is the author of Harry Partch: A Biography.

Gilmore is lecturer in music at Dartington College of Arts in England

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