The Muse That Sings / Edition 1by Ann McCutchan
Pub. Date: 07/18/2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
The Muse That Sings is a unique behind-the-scenes look at both twentieth-century music and the nuts and bolts of creative work. Here, twenty-five of America's leading composersfrom Adams to Zorn, from Bolcom to Vierktalk candidly about their craft, their motivations, their difficulties, and how they how proceed from musical idea to finished composition.… See more details below
The Muse That Sings is a unique behind-the-scenes look at both twentieth-century music and the nuts and bolts of creative work. Here, twenty-five of America's leading composersfrom Adams to Zorn, from Bolcom to Vierktalk candidly about their craft, their motivations, their difficulties, and how they how proceed from musical idea to finished composition.
While focusing on the process and the stories behind specific works, the composers also touch on topics that will interest anyone involved in creative work. They discuss teachers and mentors, the task of revision, relationships with performers, and the ongoing struggle for a balance between freedom and discipline.
They reveal sources of inspiration, artistic goals, and the often unexpected ways their musical ideas develop. Some describe personal tonal systems; others discuss the impact of computers and other electronic tools on their work; still others reflect philosophically on the inner impulses and outer influences that continue to drive them.
While serious music has a reputation for being difficult and inaccessible, The Muse That Sings provides a powerful antidote. The composers in this book speak clearly and thoughtfully in response to key questions of concern to all readers interested in contemporary music.
Each interview has been edited to stand alone as a concise meditation on muse and technique, and the book includes selected discographies as well as brief biographical sketches.
Anyone with an interest in twentieth-century music or in the creative process will find this lively collection a valuable source of inspiration and insight.
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Table of Contents
Alphabetical List of Composers
Foreword by Leonard Slatkin (Music Director, National Symphony Orchestra)
1. Eric Stokes (b. 1930)
2. Steve Reich (b. 1936)
3. William Bolcom (b. 1938)
4. John Corigliano (b. 1938)
5. John Harbison (b. 1938)
6. Joan Tower (b. 1938)
7. John Adams (b. 1947)
8. Claude Baker (b. 1948)
9. Dan Welcher (b. 1948)
10. Daniel S. Godfrey (b. 1949)
11. Fred Lerdahl (b. 1949)
12. Shulamit Ran (b. 1949)
13. Christopher Rouse (b. 1949)
14. Steven Stucky (b. 1949)
15. Libby Larsen (b. 1950)
16. Lois V Vierk (b. 1951)
17. John Zorn (b. 1953)
18. Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
19. James Mobberley (b. 1954)
20. Bruce Adolphe (b. 1955)
21. Bright Sheng (b. 1955)
22. Richard Danielpour (b. 1956)
23. David Lang (b. 1957)
24. Sebastian Currier (b. 1959)
25. Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960)
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