Explores the concept of open structure as it has evolved in the music of the American avant-garde throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The works of five composers are examined in detail: John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Robert Ashley and Alvin Lucier.
This is a precious collection of essays. Five contemporary composers have been chosen for their contributions to opening the art of music. Their attitude is put in perspective with that of other artists) painters, sculptors) as well as poets and philosophers....--Jean-Claude Risset, Universite d'Aix Marseille