In the music of Stuart Saunders Smith (b. 1948), jazz, the avant-garde, and sound-text poetry coalesce. Through the years he has concentrated on certain kinds of composition-open form, radio music, trans-media systems, and sound-text poetry. Although Smith considers himself a jazz composer and drummer, his work has been absorbed into a wider range of contemporary musical efforts, both in the United States and Europe.
This study of Smith contains six critical analyses, an interview, and bibliographic information containing a list of compositions, a discography, Smith's publications, and research currently available on his music. As Milton Babbitt notes, All of his music is to be reckoned with... and, as such, this volume will be of interest to all students and scholars of contemporary composition.
?Throughout the book John P. Welsh gives an in-depth and literary explanation of Smith's music, at times comparing it to other contemporary composers such as John Cage and Stockhausen, but for the most part evaluating it on its own merit. This excellent book is well-organized and deals with the intellectual qualities of Smith's music as it relates to contemporary music and ideas.?-Percussive Arts Society
|A Longing for Links|
|Prologue Viewing Mobile Minds: Gifts (1974)|
|Music in the Air: Here and There (1971)|
|Rooted Logic: Tunnels (1982, revised 1985)|
|The Links Series of Vibraphone|
|Essays Interview with Stuart Saunders Smith|
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Series: Contributions to the Study of Music & Dance
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 16th February 1996
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.74