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New PDF release: Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to

By Robin Maconie

ISBN-10: 0810883120

ISBN-13: 9780810883123

Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not likely acquaintances who spent so much in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship was once according to a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the eu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. notwithstanding neither was once musical, either have been top exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and data acquisition that may move directly to effect succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to persuade John Cage and the hot York university of summary song; via his educating within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be visible in the United States and in another country in its place to Newtonian neoclassicism, another essentially said within the metric modulations of Elliott Carter and Conlon Nancarrow in addition to the post-1950 overall serialism of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

The probably not likely effect of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a outstanding tale of transmission inside and one of the arts and philosophy, one who Robin Maconie unravels via his sequence of essays in Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to Pierre Boulez. Maconie explores, from Hollywood to Harvard, the best way track features as a kind of conversation around the barriers of language, serving the reasons of exchange and international relations via its illustration of nationwide identification, emotional personality, honorable purpose, and social self-discipline. The learn of track as a language necessarily turned the item of data technology after global battle II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to clinical elucidation has generated a circulation of anti-music propaganda through a robust collective of big name technology writers. In a series of associated essays, Stockhausen professional Robin Maconie reconsiders the position of track and tune expertise via cautious exam of key smooth innovations with appreciate to time, life, id, and dating as formulated by way of such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, besides Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.

This foray into paintings, track, technology, and philosophy is excellent for college kids and students of those disciplines, in addition to these trying to comprehend extra deeply the impact those participants had on one another’s paintings and glossy music.

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