Five Lines, Four Spaces

Five Lines, Four Spaces : The World of My Music

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Finished just weeks before his death, George Rochberg's eloquent memoir offers a detailed look at his fruitful life as a composer, publisher, and teacher of music. The volume traces a life immersed in music, with early study under George Szell and Gian Carlo Menotti and later long-term collaborations with the Concord Quartet and commissions for major orchestras and opera companies. Reflecting on music, aesthetics, colleagues, and the life of the creative mind, Five Lines, Four Spaces: The World of My Music captures not only the spirit but also the intellectual climate of the twentieth-century musical world.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 816.46g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252034252
  • 9780252034251
  • 1,512,323

About George Rochberg

George Rochberg (1918-2005) was an influential composer, scholar, and publisher of music. He served as director of Theodore Presser Publishing Company (1951-60) and as chair of the Music Department at the University of Pennsylvania (1960-68), and he was the author of the award-winning The Aesthetics of Survival: A Composer's View of Twentieth Century Music.
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"George Rochberg was not only an important musical voice but also a critic and philosopher whose personal ideas and convictions shook the musical world to its core. This book brings us into the mind of a great composer, and that alone is worth the entire book in its verity and truth." George Boziwick, composer and chief of the music division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
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