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New voices : American composers talk about their music

This is a unique survey of the most exciting trends in the American new music scene. With the late John Cage as the moving force, two British musicians have talked to the leading figures of the American experimentalist and minimalist movements. The interview range freely across the boundaries of jazz, rock, and art music to illuminate the distinctive contribution of 25 American composers to the contemporary field. The composers are linked by their desire to rediscover the essentials of shared musical experience with little or no reference to European traditions. From Cage's belief that one should hear music as sound rather than language, through Alvin Lucier's refusal to complicate his music with "composerly intent," to Terry Riley's reassertion of music's fundamentals or Lou Harrison's "not being afraid to make something pretty," all seek to reaffirm the primacy of sound over metaphor
Print Book, English, 1995
Amadeus Press, Portland, Ore., 1995
viii, 280 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
9780931340857, 0931340853
Originally published in the United Kingdom as: American originals : interviews with 25 contemporary composers