Musings : The Musical Worlds of Gunther Schuller: A Collection of his Writings

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This collection of writings by Gunther Schuller--the first composer to be awarded the Elise L. Stoeger Composer's Chair of the Chamber Society of Lincoln Center--provides a marvelous introduction to the man and his extraordinary range of musical experience, taste, and learning. In Part I, "Jazz and the Third Stream," Schuller offers his reflections on jazz, insightful pieces on such figures as Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor, and Sonny Rollins, and several essays on "the third stream," the genre where jazz and classical music intersect. Part II, "Music Performance and Contemporary Music," includes articles on the art of conducting, the future of opera, the question of a new classicism, and Schuller's own thoughts on his controversial opera The Visitation. The final section, "Music Aesthetics and Education," presents Schuller's reflections on such matters as form, structure, and symbol in music; the need for broadening the audience for quality music; and his vision of the ideal conservatory and the total more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 203.2 x 203.2 x 17.5mm | 313.52g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • music examples
  • 0195059212
  • 9780195059212

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Published on the occasion of Schuller's sixtieth birthday, 'Musings' is a marvelous introduction to the man and his extraordinary range of musical experience, taste, and more

About Gunther Schuller

Musician, composer, conductor, and educator. Author of Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Developmentshow more

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'Like Apollo's lyre, Gunther Schuller has many strings and he brings a number of them to play in this fascinating collection of his thought.' Opera Journal 'This book is an excellent source for the eclectic observer of the American musical scene, past and present.' Critique of Americashow more

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