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The New York Schools of Music and the Visual Arts (Studies in Contemporary Music and Culture)
by Steven Johnson
Binding: Hardcover, 1 edition, 224 pages
Publisher: Routledge
Weight: 1.17 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.36 x W: 0.47 inches
ISBN 10: 0815333641
ISBN 13: 9780815333647
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As John Cage once recalled, there were four musicians in the early '50s who, because of their deep interest in art, associated closely with the New York School of painters: Edgard Varese, Stefan Wolpe, Morton Feldman, and Cage himself. This book explores the interaction and influences of the visual arts on these four seminal composers. Even though each composer stressed that his aesthetic derived mainly from the visual arts, the actual transference of an aesthetic form from one medium to another took many forms, reflecting the individual sensibilities and concerns of the artists involved. The theories of performance and composition that they evolved are still controversial; taking a new and unique perspective, Johnson and his collaborators give fresh insights into the music of our time.


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