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The Music of Mauricio Kagel

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'Bjorn Heile provides a wide-ranging and persuasive portrait of one of contemporary music's most prominent yet provocative senior figures. Kagel isn't easy to pin down, but this book manages it by demonstrating close familiarity with all the works discussed, and it conveys their essence, both visual and aural, clearly and engagingly. Touching on the wider musical and critical context as well, Dr Heile's book is the first to make plain Kagel's significance for an English-language readership, and it should leave its readers more eager than ever to explore this rewarding repertory.' Arnold Whittall, King's College, London. 'Astonishingly, this excellent book is the first in English about one of the most fascinating and paradoxical of living composers. Bjorn Heile's impressive survey reveals the extraordinary range of Kagel's work, from his anarchic inventions of the 1960s and '70s - embracing music, film, theatre, dance and radiophonic art - to an ironic yet sophisticated treatment of post-modern culture, culminating in concert music of lasting imagination and power. Despite Kagel's centrality to the European avant-garde, Heile finds enduring Argentinian characteristics: most audibly its dance music, more enigmatically a Borgesian surrealism in which fantasy replaces reality. Underlying Kagel's achievement, as Heile observes, "the wondrous and the absurd go hand in hand"' Richard Steinitz 'For the first time the whole Kagel, from the Argentinian beginnings to 2004... very readable book... In his own words, Kagel is trying to write music "which encourages thinking and has to complemented by thinking". Heile's monograph completely fulfils this demand. It is as useful for looking up factual information as for reflection - on a composer who, like no other, brings ideas to sensory perception. That is the best that can be said about a Kagel book.' Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik 'Kagel is a major cultural figure with a wonderfully rich output of work that shows little sign of abating as he enters his sixty-sixth year. Heile has done us a great service in opening up discussion of his work and aesthetic to an English-speaking, artistic and musical community, as befits its range and complexity.' The Art Book 'The book is comprehensive - as far as I can see he discusses every single piece Kagel has produced [...] and Heile's accounts of each work offer tantalising glimpses of musical riches to be explored... In just 174 pages Bjorn Heile has something to say about everything Kagel has produced between 1950 and 2006... Kagel may remain a minority taste but it will not be the fault of this admirable English primer.' The Musical Times '... the mediation between criticism and more traditionally oriented musicology proves highly successful. Heile's concise charcterizations of Kagel's works bespeak detailed knowledge of the composer's oeuvre (including sketch and manuscript materials) and its multiple contexts, and are clearly founded on a wealth of analytical and interpretive effort and critical reflection.' Studies in Musical Theatre '... an impressive tome, exhibiting a deep familiarity with Kagel's music along with its compositional and historical background... The Music of Mauricio Kagel is a commendable work, deserving a place in the personal libraries of musicians interested in contemporary art music written after 1950.' Notes '... easy to read...' IRASM '... the first book-length study of Mauricio Kagel to appear in English, and it does not disappoint. ...The comprehensive coverage offered in this volume enables the reader quickly to find reliable information about any score that Kagel composed before 2005, and to relate it to major strands within the oeuvre. It also consolidates the composer's reputation for sustained engagement with many of the central cultural issues of the late twentieth century. This is a fine book; Kagel is fortunate to have caught the attention of such a sympathetic and capable scholar.' Music and Letters 'a skillful monograph...[it] provides [an] insightful treatment of the main aesthetic currents that shaped the composer's career...deftly written...The Music of Mauricio Kagel deserves recognition as an extremely well-crafted and stimulating book.' Latin American Music Review

About the Author

Bjorn Heile is Lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex, UK.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Pub Co (November 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754635236
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754635239
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,852,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BB on August 14, 2007
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Mauricio Kagel (born 1931; still going strong) is an Argentinian-German composer who has over the past 50 years worked his way though electro-acoustic composition, musical-theatrical pieces, and neo-classical orchestra works (many of which might claim Groucho Mark as their patron saint), without ever ceding any of his originality. Critical comment has routinely bounced off Kagel's work with oddly hollow echoings: one writer dismissed him with "So much of Kagel's music is intentionally absurd that it is hard to know when to take him seriously." Bjorn Heile knows that Kagel doesn't present his listeners with the simple choice between serious and not, and here, in the first full-length study in English of Kagel's works, Heile's words ring true because of that knowledge.

Writing about a composer's complete works can lead to tedious lists and baggy groupings, but Heile for the most part avoids this. He keeps his groupings small and writes about the highpoints in sharp detail. Heile writes that his book is meant as "an exercise in hermeneutic criticism," but he rarely pushes this aspect to the fore. The pages where Heile's voice does rise to this level are, for me, the most intriguing. But even when he isn't overtly writing such analyses, his descriptions never let us forget that Kagel's wonderful music is rarely for music's sake alone, that Kagel's ideal is "composition as means of intellectual inquiry." And, as we gather from Heile's detailed analyses, as a means of commenting on society and culture, as well.

I have a few small quibbles. (We Kagel fans are very opinionated.
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