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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 Morman childhood; and much more. The results are revelatory conversations with some of America's most radical musical innovators.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306808937
ISBN-10: 0306808935
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 504
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 16-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Duckworth

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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