Started by torut, March 08, 2014, 11:05:54 AM
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Quote from: torut on March 10, 2014, 11:59:28 AMThank you for many suggestions. I would like to check the books about individual composers.Regarding overview-type books, has anyone read this?Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First CenturiesJoseph Auner[asin]0393929205[/asin]There is an accompanying book Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries with this description.These names are unfamiliar for me, except the first two.
Quote from: sanantonio on March 10, 2014, 06:22:14 PMAfter seeing the contents I have no need for this book. Thanks.
Quote from: karlhenning on March 10, 2014, 12:04:29 PMPauline Oliveros may still be active in NYC. The last name is unknown to me.
Quote from: torut on March 10, 2014, 06:13:02 PMAmazon.com has no review or "look inside" feature for these books. I found the table of contents from the publisher's site. I am afraid that the book may not cover recent composers enough because its range is quite wide, actually starting from the beginning of 20th century. The only names new to me are Still, Oliveros, Davidovsky and Chen Yi. (I wish more not-well-know, recent composers were included.)
Quote from: James on March 10, 2014, 06:48:10 AMGenerally .. people outside of the niche tend to view classical music this way.
Quote from: James on March 10, 2014, 06:41:31 AMExperiencing Stravinsky: A Listener's Companion (Robin Maconie)[asin]0810884305[/asin][/font]
Quote from: Cato on March 11, 2014, 02:27:12 PMLike our resident GMG composers!
QuoteAnd it is amazing that such an anthology lacks well-known composers with unique styles e.g. Scriabin, Hartmann, Messiaen, Nono, Stockhausen and many others (completely ignoring xenharmonic composers Harry Partch, Ivan Wyschnegradsky, Julian Carrillo, Easley Blackwood, Ben Johnston etc., but includes Davidovsky and Oliveros (?).
Quote from: petrarch on March 11, 2014, 05:38:56 PMI have mentioned this before I think, but my favorite is still La musique du XXe siècle, by Jean-Noël von der Weid. I think there is a 2nd and possibly 3rd edition of the book.
Quote from: EigenUser on March 11, 2014, 04:50:58 PMIt's interesting that this topic was posted literally the day that I bought "The Rest is Noise", which I see was already mentioned. I have to admit that I'm a little disappointed. It's a great book, but I think that my hopes were so high that nothing Ross wrote could have satisfied them.I think that the most enjoyable musical biography I've read has to be "Gyorgy Ligeti: Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds". It actually isn't a biography at all, rather it is a collection of several essays about the composer. Unfortunately it is extremely pricey ($85). Luckily, my university's library has it. You will learn things about Ligeti and his music that you simply won't learn elsewhere. Especially interesting is the article on fractals and chaos theory and the effect that this new science had on the composer (written by renowned mathematician Heinz-Otto Peitgen, also a close friend of Ligeti).Bela Bartok's son Peter wrote a really touching biography of his father called, well, "My Father". It doesn't read like a biography, which I actually really like about it. It is more like each page is a rummage through a chest of old memories -- lots of pictures. The last 30 pages or so are translations of letters sent from Bela to Peter.
Quote from: torut on March 11, 2014, 10:42:31 PMI didn't know that Ligeti was interested in fractals and chaos. Interesting. Did he incorporate fractals into his music? (Like statistics and Xenakis's music?)
Quote from: sanantonio on March 12, 2014, 03:51:21 AMRegarding experimental music, Michael Nyman wrote a pretty good book. This book was written before his career as a composer.[asin]0521653835[/asin]
Quote from: 7/4 on March 12, 2014, 01:16:47 PMOh yes! It was a good introduction for this teenager in 1976.
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