In this Book

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In this first interpretive narrative of the life and work of Christian Wolff, Michael Hicks and Christian Asplund trace the influences and sensibilities of a contemporary composer's atypical career path and restless imagination. Written in full cooperation with Wolff, including access to his papers, this volume is a much-needed introduction to a leading avant-garde composer still living, writing music, and speaking about his own work. _x000B__x000B_Wolff has pioneered various compositional and notational idioms, including overtly political music, indeterminacy, graphic scores, and extreme virtuosity. Hicks and Asplund cover Wolff's family life and formative years, his role as a founder of the New York School of composers, and the context of his life and work as part of the John Cage circle, as well as his departures from it. Critically assessing Wolff's place within the experimental musical field, this volume captures both his eloquence and reticence and provides insights into his broad interests and activities within music and beyond._x000B_

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Orpheus in Tennis Sneakers
  2. pp. 5-18
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  1. 2. Situations of Too Extreme Difficulty: 1951-1959
  2. pp. 19-30
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  1. 3. Vast, Sparse Areas of Possibility: 1960-1969
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. 4. Let Playing Be Composition and Composition Playing: 1969-1974
  2. pp. 45-56
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  1. 5. Something More Specifically "Musical": 1973-1984
  2. pp. 57-69
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  1. 6. Not to Do Something I've Already Done: 1982-1999
  2. pp. 70-86
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  1. 7. Among Friends, in a Private World
  2. pp. 87-97
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 99-108
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  1. For Further Reading
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Recordings
  2. pp. 111-112
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 113-118
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780252094163
Related ISBN
9780252037061
MARC Record
OCLC
842262346
Pages
136
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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