Musings: The Musical Worlds of Gunther Schuller

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Oxford University Press, Aug 3, 1989 - Music - 336 pages
This collection of writings by Gunther Schuller--the first composer to be awarded the Elise L. Stoeger Composer's Chair of the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center--provides a marvelous introduction to the man and his extraordinary range of musical experience, taste, and learning. In Part I, "Jazz and the Third Stream," Schuller offers his reflections on jazz, insightful pieces on such figures as Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor, and Sonny Rollins, and several essays on "the third stream," the genre where jazz and classical music intersect. Part II, "Music Performance and Contemporary Music," includes articles on the art of conducting, the future of opera, the question of a new classicism, and Schuller's own thoughts on his controversial opera The Visitation. The final section, "Music Aesthetics and Education," presents Schuller's reflections on such matters as form, structure, and symbol in music; the need for broadening the audience for quality music; and his vision of the ideal conservatory and the total musician.
 

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Contents

Jazz
3
The Future of Form in Jazz
18
What Makes Jazz Jazz?
26
James Reese Europe
37
The Orchestrators Challenge
42
A Tribute to Paul Whiteman
44
Ellington in the Pantheon
47
Ellington visavis the Swing Era
51
The AvantGarde and Third Stream
121
MUSIC PERFORMANCE AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
135
Composing for Orchestra
137
American Performance and New Music
154
Conducting Revisited
162
The Future of Opera
168
Toward a New Classicism?
174
The State of American Orchestras
184

The Case for Ellingtons Music as Living Repertory
60
Two Early Recordings
65
Ornette Coleman
76
Ornette Colemans Compositions
80
Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation
86
Lee Konitz
98
The Divine Sarah
102
Gil Evans
109
Alec Wilder
111
Third Stream
114
Third Stream Revisited
119
Program NotesVarious
194
Still More Program Noteson Others
201
Concerning My Opera The Visitation
229
MUSIC AESTHETICS AND EDUCATION
235
The Compleat Musician in the Complete Conservatory
237
Qualitative Evaluation in the Arts
247
The State of Our Art
258
Form Content and Symbol
272
Form and Aesthetics in TwentiethCentury Music
287
Index
305
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Gunther Schuller is a musician, composer, conductor, educator, and the first composer to be awarded the Elise L. Stoeger Composer's Chair of the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center. He is also the author of Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development and The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, 1930-1945.

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