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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (May 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979554640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979554643
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Notations21" is gorgeous, and worth the wait.
Dennis Bathory-Kitsz
She clearly has a gift to communicate complex, creative ideas in both a visual and written media.
David Alan Tussey
Notations 21 is a book that must be in any university, conservatory or library.
M. S. Loyato

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Bathory-Kitsz on May 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
"Notations21" is gorgeous, and worth the wait. It was announced in early 2008, and I had ordered a copy through Amazon in May 2008 and it arrived today (May 9, 2009) -- almost exactly 40 years after John Cage's legendary "Notations" collection, which has been on my shelf since then.

The design of "Notations21" is spectacular ... subtle, lovely, comprehensive, with a wonderful feel, in full color and full-size. Each page is full of ideas from scores and essays through the design of the page itself. (The word "full" keeps coming to mind.)

The Moller/Shim/Stabler "SoundVisions" (published in 2005 and quickly out of print) was an attempt to fill the years since Cage's "Notations", and kept to the square, monochrome format. I was pleased to discover "SoundVisions", but "Notations21" is a very special book, taking advantage of both the technology and the expectations that have changed since 1969.

With 165 composers represented, "Notations21" is at last a worthy and thorough successor to "Notations".

(Disclaimer: I am one of the composers in this book. But whether I had been selected or not, I would still feel this book is remarkable.)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harry Philips on June 11, 2009
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I eagerly looked forward to receive this book because composer Trevor Bac'a was included and because of my general interest in contemporary music. I must say that the idea intrigued me not only as a interesting compilation of new 'scoring' practices but as a useful reference and entertaining 'cocktail table' volume. However, I found the reproductions of scores to be less than accurate and virtually all of the accompanying write-ups to be almost entirely illegible .... due to poor selections of backgrounds and inks. After working hard to read the material, I finally gave up and sent it on to a musicologist with younger eyes. It could have been a excellent project if well executed ... my final thought, as stated in the title, - a truly super idea gone astray because of too much artsy-craftsy and lack-luster reproduction. Maybe next time!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Paccione on May 23, 2009
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"Notations 21" is a stunning book. In addition to being an excellent compendium/anthology of the different types of musical notation that can be found in many modern musical scores, it is also a book on the "art" of musical notation. The wide variety of musical scores, the essays, the superb reproductions (in both black and white, and in color), the paper on which the scores are printed, the typesetting, the visual layout and the overall organization, all amount to one highly significant contribution to modern music. In an age of highly standardized music copying programs, "Notations 21" is a breath of fresh air - both a reminder and encouragement of the many creative possibilities that are inherent in musical notation. (I was very pleased to have one of my own scores included in such an anthology.) This project was surely a labor of love by both the editor, and the publisher. "Notations 21" is both a homage to John Cage's now out-of-print 1968 landmark collection of musical scores, "Notations," and it is its more than worthy successor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Reba on May 31, 2009
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This is an inspirational book. The breadth of compositional styles, approaches and philosophies is wonderfully diverse. Thanks to the author for putting so much care, time and effort into promoting and preserving this distinct musical tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Hendrix on May 22, 2009
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Notations 21 is a landmark text in graphic music notation and the aesthetics surrounding the composers who create these types of musical "scores." It is extraordinarily beautiful and creative in its layout and choice of musical material. A must for any musician's library.
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