Contemporary Composers On Contemporary Music

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Da Capo Press, Jun 16, 2009 - Music - 510 pages
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This anthology of essays, interviews, and autobiographical pieces provides an invaluable overview of the evolution of contemporary music—from chromaticism, serialism, and indeterminacy to jazz, vernacular, electronic, and non-Western influences. Featuring classic essays by Stravinsky, Stockhausen, and Reich, as well as writings by lesser-known but equally innovative composers such as Jack Beeson, Richard Maxfield, and T. J. Anderson, this collection covers a broad range of styles and approaches. Here you will find Busoni's influential "Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music"; Partch's exploration of a new notation system; Babbitt's defense of advanced composition in his controversial "Who Cares If You Listen?"; and Pauline Oliveros's meditations on sound. Now updated with fifteen new composers including Michael Tippet, György Ligeti, Gunther Schuller, Ben Johnston, Sofia Gubaidulina, and William Bolcom, this important book gathers together forty-nine pieces—many out of print and some newly written for this volume—which serve as a documentary history of twentieth-century music, in theory and practice. Impassioned, provocative, and eloquent, these writings are as exciting and diverse as the music they discuss.
 

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Contents

EUROPEAN MUSlC BEFORE 1945
3
Claude Debussy 18621918
17
Erik Satie 18661925
30
Ernest Bloch 18801959
40
Igor Stravinsky 18821971
48
Alban Berg 18851935
59
Béla Bartok 18811945
72
Paul Hindemith 18951963
80
Jack Beeson 1921
316
Lukas Foss 1922
325
John Cage 19121992
335
Richard Maxfield 19241969
349
Music Electronic and Performed
355
Morton Feldman 19261987
362
An Interview with Barney Childs 1962
368
Karlheinz Stockhausen 1928
379

Serge Prokofiev 18921953
99
Ralph Vaughan Williams 18721958
111
EXPERlMENTAL MUSIC AND AMERlCAN DEVELOPMENTS
127
Henry Cowell 18971965
134
Aaron Copland 19001990
146
Roy Harris 18981979
160
Virgil Thomson 18961989
170
Roger Sessions 18961985
182
Edgard Varese 18851964
195
Harry Partch 19011974
209
Henry Brant 1913
221
Otto Luening 19001996
251
Elliott Carter 1908
261
Stefan Wolpe 19021972
274
Chou WenChung 1923 l
308
Dreaming on Things to Come
385
Gyorgy Ligeti 1923
388
George Rochberg 1918
403
Third Stream
409
Pauline Oliveros 1932
415
Steve Reich 1936
421
Ben Johnston 1926
430
Cornelius Cardew 19361981
440
Sofia Gubaidulina 1931
448
Alvin Lucier 1931
455
Anthony Braxton 1945
462
Brian Ferneyhough 1943
469
William Bolcom 1938
481
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Elliott Schwartz has been a featured guest composer throughout the U.S. and Europe, and has held extended residencies at the University of California, Ohio State University, and Cambridge University. He is the author of Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials, and Literature (with Daniel Godfrey) and is the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin College. Barney Childs is the cofounder of Advance Recordings, former poetry editor of Genesis West, and a contributor to Perspectives of New Music and other journals. His music has been performed at the ONCE Festival and Tanglewood. He is Professor Emeritus at Johnston College, University of Redlands. Jim Fox is a Los Angeles-based composer and co-publisher of Silman-James Press.

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