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Contemporary Composers On Contemporary Music by Barney Childs

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 defence 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, Gyoergy 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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About Barney Childs

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.

Table of Contents

European Music Before 1945 * From Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music Ferruccio Busoni [18661924] * From Monsieur Croche the Dilettante Hater Claude Debussy [18621918] * Three Brief Epigrams Erik Satie [18661925] * From Notes Without Music Darius Milhaud [18921974] * Man and Music Ernest Bloch [18801959] * From Dialogues and a Diary Igor Stravinsky [18821971] * Why is Schoenbergs Music so Hard to Understand? Alban Berg [18851935] * The Influence of Peasant Music on Modern Music Bla Bartk [18811945] * From A Composers World Paul Hindemith [18951963] * From Autobiography, Articles, Reminiscences Serge Prokofiev [18921953] * Music and the Times Dmitri Shostakovitch [19061975] * From The Making of Music Ralph Vaughan Williams [18721958] * On Winning the First Aspen Award Benjamin Britten [19131976] Experimental Music and American Developments * Preface to 114 Songs Charles Ives [18741954] * From New Musical Resources Henry Cowell [18971965] * The Creative Mind and the Interpretive Mind Aaron Copland [19001990) * FolksongAmerican Big Business Roy Harris [18981979] * On Waiting for a Libretto Samuel Barber [19101981] * From The State of Music Virgil Thomson [18961989] * The Musical Impulse Roger Sessions [18961985] * The Liberation of Sound Edgard Varse [18851964] * Experiments in Notation Harry Partch [19011974] * Space as an Essential Aspect of Musical Composition Harry Brant [1913 ] * Who Cares if You Listen? Milton Babbit [1916 ] * Some Random Remarks about Electronic Music Otto Luening [19001996] * Shop Talk by an American Composer Elliot Carter [1908 ] * Thinking Twice Stefan Wolpe [19021972] * Towards a Re-merger in Music Chou Wen-Chung [1923 ] * Grand and Not So Grand Jack Beeson [1921 ] * The Changing ComposerPerformer Relationship: A Monologue and a Dialogue Lukas Foss [1922 ] * John CageInterview with Roger Reynolds John Cage [19121992] * Composers, Performance and Publications; Music, Electronic and Performed Richard Maxfield [19241969] * Morton FeldmanAn Interview with Robert Ashley, August, 1964 Morton Feldman [19261987] * Charles WuorinenAn Interview with Barney Childs Charles Wuorinen [1938 ] Postmodernism and Recent Concerns * Five Revolutions Since 1950 Karlheinz Stockhausen [1928 ] * Dreaming of Things to Come... Michael Tippet [1905 ] * Gyrgy LigetiAn interview with Joseph Husler, 1968/69 Gyrgy Ligeti [1923 ] * On the Third String Quartet George Rochberg [1918 ] * Third Stream Third Stream Revisited Gunther Shuller [1925 ] * Some sound Observations Pauline Oliveros [1932 ] * Music as a Gradual Process Steve Reich [1936 ] * T. J. AndersonAn Interview with Elliot Schwartz T. J. Anderson [1928 ] * Maximum Clarity Ben Johnston [1926 ] * On Criticism Cornelius Cardew [19361981] * Sofia GubaidulinaAn Interview with Dorothea Redepenning, 1992 SOfia Gubaidulina [1931 ] * I am Sitting in a Room (1969) Alvin Lucier [1931 ] * Anthony BraxtonAn Interview with Graham Lock, 1988 Anthony Braxton [1945 ] * Composing a Viable (if transitory Self): Brian Ferneyhough in Conversation with James Boros Brian Fenneyhough [1943 ] * From Something About Music William Bolcom [1938 ]

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