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  • ISBN: 9780306808197
  • ISBN10: 0306808196

Contemporary Composers on Contemporary Music

by Barney Childs

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 2
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group
  • Publish date: 04/01/1998
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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 15 new composers including Ben Johnston, Sofia Gubaidulina, and William Bolcom, this important book gathers together 49 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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