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The Boulez-Cage Correspondence

The Boulez-Cage Correspondence

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  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521485586

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  • Between May 1949 and August 1954 the composers Pierre Boulez and John Cage exchanged a series of remarkable letters that reflect on their own music and the culture of the time. This correspondence, together with other relevant documents, has been edited and annotated by Jean-Jacques Nattiez and is now available for the first time in English in a paperback edition.

    • An exchange of letters between two of the most influential composers of the mid-twentieth century
    • Pierre Boulez who now lives in Paris and runs an electronic studio at the Pompidou Centre (IRCAM); he used to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra
    • John Cage lived and worked in New York until his death in August 1992. He would have been 80 in 1993
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    "Their letters detail an intense interchange and illuminate the differences between the frankly eclectic Cage, who was then deepening his acquaintances with Zen Buddhism, dada, and abstract expressionism, and Boulez, who was immersing himself in his notions of mathematical control of his composition." Booklist

    "The book's contrapuntal portrayal of the widening chasm is quite fascinating. It is a necessary book; an invaluable document of its time." The Guardian

    "This admirably edited collection, containing all the surviving letters exchanged between Pierre Boulez and John Cage, helps to answer one of the great questions about post-war music--how was it that these men arrived at such similar premises for the writing of the 1950s New Music from such disparate backgrounds?....It is a necessary book: an invaluable document of its time." John Bentley, The Guardian

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    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521485586
    • length: 188 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.28kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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

  • Editors

    Jean-Jacques Nattiez

    Robert Samuels

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