The Boulez-Cage Correspondence / Edition 1

The Boulez-Cage Correspondence / Edition 1

by Jean-Jacques Nattiez
     
 

Between May 1949 and August 1954 the composers Pierre Boulez and John Cage exchanged a series of remarkable letters which reflect on their own music and the music and culture of the time. To this correspondence a further letter from 1962 has been added together with various other documents, including an unpublished lecture given by Boulez on Cage's music for prepared… See more details below

Overview

Between May 1949 and August 1954 the composers Pierre Boulez and John Cage exchanged a series of remarkable letters which reflect on their own music and the music and culture of the time. To this correspondence a further letter from 1962 has been added together with various other documents, including an unpublished lecture given by Boulez on Cage's music for prepared piano. At that time Cage and Boulez were great friends and these amicable letters reflect their differing ideas on the course new music should take. While Boulez was thinking about forms of serialism, Cage was moving in the direction of ever greater compositional freedom and chance procedures. Professor Nattiez has written a full introduction to this collection of documents and the meticulous and detailed annotation of every letter makes this volume of extraordinary value for our understanding of the development of both Cage and Boulez and the music of their time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521485586
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the English edition; Translator's introduction; Introduction: Cage/Boulez: a chapter in music history; Correspondence; Glossary of names.

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