Talking Music by William Duckworth
Conversations With John Cage, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and Five Generations of American Experimental Composers

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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.

About William Duckworth

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An internationally known composer, acclaimed teacher of American music, and the founder of Postminimalism, William Duckworth has written more than 200 works, including the well-known Time Curve Preludes for piano. In addition to numerous teaching awards, Rolling Stone magazine called his teaching "hip, bright and innovative." Duckworth has been honored by the American Music Society as one of Six Master Teachers in America. Additionally, Cathedral, co-created with Nora Farrell and online since 1997, is one of the first interactive works of music and art on the Web. Duckworth's recent honors include the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Internet Award and the 2002 Award in Music from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Published June 1, 1995 by Schirmer Books. 489 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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They have a great deal in common: few of them are remotely interested in the Western classical music tradition (John Cage acknowledges here, ``I don't have an ear for music and I never have;

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