In the mid-1960s, Steve Reich radically renewed the musical landscape with a back-to-basics sound that came to be called Minimalism. These early works, characterized by a relentless pulse and static harmony, focused single-mindedly on the process of gradual rhythmic change. Throughout his career, Reich has continued to reinvigorate the music world, drawing from a wide array of classical, popular, sacred, and non-western idioms. His works reflect the steady evolution of an original musical mind. Writings on Music documents the creative journey of this thoughtful, groundbreaking composer. These 64 short pieces include Reich´s 1968 essay ´´Music as a Gradual Process,´´ widely considered one of the most influential pieces of music theory in the second half of the 20th century. Subsequent essays, articles, and interviews treat Reich´s early work with tape and phase shifting, showing its development into more recent work with speech melody and instrumental music. Other essays recount his exposure to non-western music -- African drumming, Balinese gamelan, Hebrew cantillation -- and the influence of these musics as structures and not as sounds. The writings include Reich´s reactions to and appreciations of the works of his contemporaries (John Cage, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti) and older influences (Kurt Weill, Schoenberg). Each major work of the composer´s career is also explored through notes written for performances and recordings. Paul Hillier, himself a respected figure in the early music and new music worlds, has revisited these texts, working with the author to clarify their central narrative: the aesthetic and intellectual development of aninfluential composer. For long-time listeners and young musicians recently introduced to his work, this book provides an opportunity to get to know Reich´s music in greater depth and perspective.
Aimed at those who have some knowledge of music but not formal training in composition, this concise introduction to composing starts right in with a brief composition exercise, then proceeds step by step through a series of increasingly complex and challenging problems, gradually expanding the student´s musical grammar. ´´This is a wonderful book for anyone who is developing improvising skills or who would like a fun way to explore music.´´--Jim Stockford, ´´Co-Evolution Quarterly´´
Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, Words Without Music allows readers to experience that sublime moment of creative fusion when life merges with art. Biography lovers will be inspired by the story of a precocious Baltimore boy, the son of a music-shop owner, who entered college at age fifteen, before traveling to Paris to study under the legendary Nadia Boulanger; Glass devotees will be fascinated by the stories behind Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, among so many other works.
Classical music or rock music, everyone has their favourite musical style, but why did jazz go Latin, or blues influence rock? Find out in the story of music from prehistory to the present day. Music is a visual history of music - the most unifying art form in the world. Every musical revolution from bone flutes to electronica and from jazz to hip-hop is charted in this visually stunning music history. Key musical innovators including Mozart, Louise Armstrong, and Elvis are profiled with biographies that detail their lives and works. Every development from baroque to rock and roll is covered. Music also includes illustrated histories of the most popular instruments, from the guitar to the piano, and listening suggestions for each musical genre. Whether you are young or old, into pop music or opera, Music will hit the right note with you.
NEW YORK TIMES and INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER In Face the Music , Paul Stanley-the co-founder and famous ´´Starchild´´ frontman of KISS-reveals for the first time the incredible highs and equally incredible lows in his life both inside and outside the band. Face the Music is the shocking, funny, smart, inspirational story of one of rock´s most enduring icons and the group he helped create, define, and immortalize. Stanley mixes compelling personal revelations and gripping, gritty war stories that will surprise even the most steadfast member of the KISS Army. He takes us back to his childhood in the 1950s and ´60s, a traumatic time made more painful thanks to a physical deformity. Born with a condition called microtia, he grew up partially deaf, with only one ear. But this instilled in him an inner drive to succeed in the most unlikely of pursuits: music. With never-before-seen photos and images throughout, Stanley´s memoir is a fully realized and unflinching portrait of a rock star, a chronicle of the stories behind the famous anthems, the many brawls and betrayals, and all the drama and pyrotechnics on and off the stage. Raw and confessional, Stanley offers candid insights into his personal relationships, and the turbulent dynamics with his bandmates over the past four decades. And no one comes out unscathed-including Stanley himself. ´´ People say I was brave to write such a revealing book, but I wrote it because I needed to personally reflect on my own life. I know everyone will see themselves somewhere in this book, and where my story might take them is why I´m sharing it.´´ -Paul Stanley
Paperback edition of this critically acclaimed mathematical study - exploring the root of the age-old problem for predicting prime numbers. ´´A mesmerising journey into the world of mathematics and its mysteries´´ ´´Daily Mail´´
Since 2006, the German photographer Monika Rittershaus has accompanied the Berliner Philharmoniker and their Artistic Director Sir Simon Rattle at concerts and on tours. Her photos sensitively show inspiring musical high points, as well as the musician´s quite concentration before performances. We learn in short conversations with them what it means to be a member of this incomparable orchestra.
Als Boyles ´´Wassermusik´´ 1981 erschien und noch niemand den merkwürdigen Namen Coraghessan aussprechen konnte, war trotzdem sofort klar, dass dieser Roman das Zeug zum Kultbuch hatte. Boyle erzählt darin die weitgehend wahre Geschichte des schottischen Forschers Mungo Park, der im 18. Jahrhundert als erster Weißer den Verlauf des Niger erkundete. Zur Seite stellt er ihm die frei erfundene Figur des Ned Rise, einen englischen Grabräuber und Galgenstrick, der mit dem Entdecker im tiefsten Afrika die wildesten Abenteuer besteht. Außerdem dabei: ein phantastisches Panoptikum von Hexen und Schlägern, Kannibalen, Huren, Glücksrittern.
Music for BeingTaschenbuchvon Jonathan P. StockEAN: 9783861358206Einband: Kartoniert / BroschiertErscheinungsjahr: 2011Sprache: EnglischSeiten: 192Abbildungen: Fotos, Zeichnungen, Anm.Maße: 234 x 151 x 15 mmRedaktion: Jonathan P. StockMusik, Musikleh
The 2008 novel Night Music by Jojo Moyes, the bestselling author of Me Before You and two-time winner of the RNA Novel of the Year award. ´Warm, engaging and acutely observed.´ - Woman and Home Isabel Delancey has always taken her gifted life for granted. But when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her with a mountain of debt, she and her two children are forced to abandon their home and move to a crumbling pile in the country. With the house falling down around them, and the last of her savings fast disappearing, Isabel turns to her neighbours, not knowing that her mere presence there has stirred up long-standing obsessions. As she fights to make her house a home, passions and lives collide. Isabel will discover an instinct for survival she never knew she had - and that a heart can play a new song . . .
This book presents a magic number of 341 aphorisms: that is, short, sometimes terse sayings embodying some kind of general truth about music. A small number of the aphorisms are direct quotations from musical thinkers. However, most are paraphrased to place them into a more contemporary context. The book´s purpose is not to present the aphorisms as ´the´ truth about music, but ´a´ truth, which may be contestable. As such, each aphorism may generate reflection and debate. The book is arranged in nine chapters, loosely ordered to move from a general reflection on thinking and perception in the arts towards specifically musical or compositional observations and then on to a wider, more inclusive view.
When Einaudi burst onto the classical music scene some 20 years ago, critics were at first unsure how to react. What to make of a composer who has arguably broken through the boundaries of traditional classical music, forging his own path and attracting millions of fans? How to classify his soothing, peaceful, stunningly beautiful compositions? No one could have foreseen the astonishing precedent Einaudi has set, having had an important role in bringing classical music into the mainstream and at the same time asking us to forget our traditional categories and labels, and just sit back and enjoy his unique works. Pianist and composer Jeroen van Veen has long been a fan of Einaudi´s deceptively simple style. Here he has brought together a personal selection of the composer´s best works, and any listener unfamiliar with Einaudi up until now will soon see why he has garnered the enormous fame and attention he enjoys worldwide today. Jeroen van Veen remarks, ´´Contrary to ordinary classical music, minimal music demands little of the listener but to escape life´s troubles for a moment; no comprehensive musical structures ask their full attention.´´ All his compositions are more or less based on the music he heard heard when he was a child, when his mother played Chopin Preludes. Einaudi (grandson of the politician Luigi Einaudi) loved the almost hypnotic soft sound of the upright piano. Because of her he started to play the piano and tried to find his own way. The melody (if there is any at all) always goes down, hardly leaving the classical path of harmonies. His music is ambient, calm, meditative and often introspective, drawing on minimalism and contemporary pop.