Talking Music: Conversations with John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - Music - 489 pages
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Talking Music is comprised of substantial original conversations with seventeen American experimental composers and musicians -- including Milton Babbitt, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, and John Zorn -- many of whom rarely grant interviews.

The author skillfully elicits candid dialogues that encompass technical explorations; questions of method, style, and influence; their personal lives and struggles to create; and their aesthetic goals and artistic declarations. Herein, John Cage recalls the turning point in his career; Ben Johnston criticizes the operas of his teacher Harry Partch; La Monte Young attributes his creative discipline to a Mormon childhood; Steve Reich explains how his reharmonizations relate to Debussy; and much more. The results are revelatory conversations with some of America's most radical musical innovators.

 

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Great book, William Duckworth possesses a unique talent for asking the right questions, teasing out composers' insights into their own work and creative process, as well insight into culture, music, and composition in general. Read full review

Review: Talking Music: Conversations With John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, And 5 Generations Of American Experimental Composers

User Review  - Goodreads

Great book, William Duckworth possesses a unique talent for asking the right questions, teasing out composers' insights into their own work and creative process, as well insight into culture, music, and composition in general. Read full review

Contents

John Cage b Los Angeles 1912 d New York 1992
3
ConJon Nancarrow b Texarkana Arkansas 1912
29
Milton Babbitt b Philadelphia 1916
52
Lou Harrison b Portland Oregon 1917
94
THE AVANTGARDE
98
5 Ben Johnston b Macon Georgia 1926
121
Pauline Oliveros b Houston 1932
159
Christian Wolff b Nice Prance 1934
179
Steve Reich b New York 1936
290
Philip Glass b Baltimore 1937
318
PERFORMANCE ARTISTS
343
Meredith Monk b New York 1942
345
Laurie Anderson b Chicago 1947
368
POSTMODERNS
387
Blue Gene Tyranny b San Antonio 1945
389
Glenn Branca b Harrisburg Pennsylvania 1948
418

MINIMALISTS
207
La Monte Young b Bern Idaho 1935 and Marian Zazeela b New York 1940
209
Terry Riley b Colfax California 1935
266
John Zorn b New York 1953
444
Index
462
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William Duckworth is a composer, professor of music at Bucknell University, author of two books on music theory, and editor of John Cage at 75. He lives in New Jersey.

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