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The Boulez-Cage Correspondence

The Boulez-Cage Correspondence

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  • Date Published: March 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 which reflect on their own music and the music and culture of the time. This correspondence, together with a further letter from 1962 and various other relevant documents, have been edited by Jean-Jacques Nattiez and appear here for the first time completely in English. At the 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 a volume of extraordinary value for our understanding of the development of both Cage and Boulez and the music of their time.

    • 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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    '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

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    • Date Published: March 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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