Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to by Robin Maconie PDF

By Robin Maconie

ISBN-10: 0810883120

ISBN-13: 9780810883123

Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not going pals who spent so much in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship used to be in keeping with a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the ecu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. notwithstanding neither was once musical, either have been major exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and data acquisition that will move directly to effect succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to persuade John Cage and the recent York tuition of summary tune; via his instructing within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be noticeable in the USA and in a foreign country instead to Newtonian neoclassicism, an alternate essentially stated 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 possible not likely effect of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a extraordinary tale of transmission inside of 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 tune features as a sort of communique around the barriers of language, serving the reasons of exchange and international relations via its illustration of nationwide identification, emotional personality, honorable goal, and social self-discipline. The examine of song as a language unavoidably turned the item of knowledge technology after international warfare II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to medical elucidation has generated a move of anti-music propaganda via a robust collective of big name technological know-how writers. In a chain of associated essays, Stockhausen professional Robin Maconie reconsiders the function of song and track know-how via cautious exam of key smooth options with admire to time, life, identification, and courting as formulated through such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, in addition to Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.

This foray into paintings, tune, technology, and philosophy is splendid for college kids and students of those disciplines, in addition to these looking to comprehend extra deeply the effect those contributors had on one another’s paintings and smooth music.

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