Started by torut, March 08, 2014, 11:05:54 AM
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Quote from: vandermolen on July 30, 2014, 10:46:55 PMI like the Lebrecht book but it is very opinionated. I wrote to him saying that I thought that he was wrong to be so dismissive of Honegger's 5th Symphony and he replied saying that he would listen to it again - so at least he is open to other opinions.
Quote from: torut on July 31, 2014, 11:51:55 AMThat's a nice story. I tend to guess that assertive authors are usually stubborn.Do you have the 2nd edition (2000)? About 40 pages had been added. I was thinking of replacing my copy of the 1996 version with it, but I am not sure if it is worthwhile. Plenty of good information about new composers is available on the internet, but still it is nice to have this kind of book for skimming over.
Quote from: 7/4 on March 13, 2014, 06:37:08 AMKyle Gann - American Music in the Twentieth Centuryhttp://www.amazon.com/American-Music-Twentieth-Century-Kyle/dp/002864655X/ref=la_B001HD43N4_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394721020&sr=1-5
Quote from: Mirror Image on October 08, 2014, 05:22:20 PMPhaidon Press has a great series of 20th Century books that I've been trying to collect. Right now, I've been reading the one on Schnittke (written by Alexander Ivashkin) and it's a bit lop-sided due to Ivashkin's own friendship with the composer, but it's still a very good read nonetheless.
Quote from: EigenUser on October 10, 2014, 12:59:30 AMI borrowed the one on Webern from the library, but I have yet to read it (the library at my university has a great music section and I always bite off more than I can chew -- my first day back I brought along a duffel bag!).
Quote from: Mirror Image on October 10, 2014, 05:34:39 PMCool, I'm anxious to read the one on Ligeti. After Schnittke, I'll probably read that one.The ones I own so far:StravinskyBartokLigetiSchnittkePolish Renaissance (Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Panufnik, Gorecki)BrittenHindemith, Hartmann, Henze
Quote from: ritter on March 10, 2014, 07:52:36 AMThat book on late Stravinsky certainly looks interesting. Is it accessible to the mere aficionado?On the other hand, the précis of Maconie's book (..."Stravinsky lived much of his life in Hollywood"..."his work subtly espoused deeply held political views"...etc.) doesn't really generate much enthusiasm in me, I must confess. Does anyone know this book? It better be fantastic, because at almost $100, it's not really cheap, is it? :[asin]1107033292[/asin]
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Quote from: Artem on June 02, 2015, 06:13:59 PMSo, I finished this one.It was worth reading. I had no idea that there was so much drama in Darmstadt. I hope there will be more books on Darmstadt and its composers in future, because despite of the "difficult music", the relationship between composers and other people involved with the institution can be interesting even to the general public.
Quote from: Artem on June 02, 2015, 06:13:59 PMSo, I finished this one.It was worth reading. I had no idea that there was so much drama in Darmstadt.
Quote from: Ken B on June 02, 2015, 06:17:07 PMDysfunction sells.
Quote from: amw on March 08, 2014, 06:26:03 PMThere isn't really a good book for a newbie. Ross, Lebrecht and Taruskin (Oxford History of Western Music vols. 4 & 5) have very journalistic styles—accessible for sure, but partial, sensationalised and biased.
Quote from: EigenUser on July 02, 2015, 01:42:53 AMHas anyone (particularly Messiaen fans) heard of the book Messiaen's Final Works?[asin]0754606333[/asin]I've had it checked out from my university's library for months, but I just started reading through parts of it. Fans of Eclairs sur l'au-dela definitely should consider this. It has a huge section on that work and it is really giving me a new appreciation for it. It is very easily-read and not too technical for someone with little-to-no background in theory (there is some theory, but it can be skipped without loss of continuity).I wish it had Des Canyons aux Etoiles..., though...
Quote from: sanantonio on July 02, 2015, 02:51:14 AMNever seen it, but thanks very much for the information. Too expensive for my personal library, but I will probably get it from my library and take a look at it. Very interested in those works, for sure. I am listening to Eclairs sur l'au-dela right now. Do you have a preferred recording? There are four on Spotify and I am beginning with Sylvain Cambreling and the SWR Symphony Orchrestra.
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