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Experimental Music : Cage and Beyond - Michael Nyman

Experimental Music

Cage and Beyond

By: Michael Nyman, Brian Eno (Foreword by)

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Published: 27th September 1999
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Michael Nyman's book is a first-hand account of experimental music from 1950 to 1970. First published in 1974, it has remained the classic text on a significant form of music making and composing that developed alongside, and partly in opposition to, the postwar modernist tradition of composers such as Boulez, Berio, or Stockhausen. The experimentalist par excellence was John Cage whose legendary 4' 33'' consists of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence to be performed on any instrument. Such pieces have a conceptual rather than purely musical starting point and radically challenge conventional notions of the musical work. Nyman's book traces the revolutionary attitudes that were developed toward concepts of time, space, sound, and composer/performer responsibility. It was within the experimental tradition that the seeds of musical minimalism were sown and the book contains reference to the early works of Reich, Riley, Young, and Glass. This second edition contains a new Foreword, an updated discography, and a historical overview by the author.

'Nyman's book remains a privileged window into that strange world, and its republication will be a boon to a new generation.' BBC Music Magazine '... a welcome reissue of the book ... Above all, Experimental Music is a useful source book for a period of radicalism in musical practice in which the rule was to break the rules.' Music Teacher

Foreword Brian Eno
Preface to the second edition
Towards (a definition of) experimental music
Backgrounds
Inauguration 1950-60: Feldman, Brown, Wolff, Cage
Seeing, hearing: Fluxus
Electronic systems
Indeterminacy 1960-70: Ichiyanagai, Ashley, Wolff, Cardew, Scratch Orchestra
Minimal music, determinacy and the new tonality
Discography Robert Worby
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ISBN: 9780521653831
ISBN-10: 0521653835
Series: Music in the Twentieth Century
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 218
Published: 27th September 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised