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

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

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Because the music isn't weird enough, here's Cage, Glass and Anderson (et al) discussing the music, weirdly. 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
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Index
462
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About the author (1999)

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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