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  • Series: Collected Writings of the Orpheus Institute
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Leuven University Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9058674134
  • ISBN-13: 978-9058674135
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This book edited by Jonathan Cross collects five essays on music, language and time. Each was originally a lecture given at the Orpheus Institute, the Belgian graduate school for music, in the first years of the new millennium. Albrecht Wellmer's "On Music and Language" grapples with Adorno and Lachenmann, while Richard Klein contribues "Theses on the Relationship Between Music and Time". However, I was particularly interested here in the contributions of the editor and two contemporary composers whom I greatly enjoy.

Jonathan Cross's opening essay deals with the pitfalls of writing about living composers, noting how while the composer is alive he can often set the discourse, and discourage discussion of things he'd rather keep secret. Those working after the composer's death from free access to archival materials can have a wider, more balanced view. Thus Benjamin Britten's homosexuality was little talked about by his contemporaries, and a comment by Harrison Birtwistle on a Dowland quotation in his music was unquestioningly taken up by virtually all commentators. (There is in fact quite a bit on Birtwistle in this essay). Cross also notes that anyone writing about living composers takes part in the process of canon formation; perhaps certain 20th-century masterworks are considered masterworks because they were considered analyzable and drew more attention from commentators than other composers' works (e.g. serial Schoenberg versus serial Stravinsky).

Jonathan Harvey's "The Genesis of Quartet No. 4" describes his Fourth String Quartet (hear it on a
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