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  • Perfect Paperback: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Two Eighteen Press (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2907200011
  • ISBN-13: 978-2907200011
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Composer Tom Johnson weaves back and forth between notes and numbers, delighting in patterns..."

About the Author

Composer Tom Johnson, born in Colorado in 1939, received B.A. and M.Mus degress from Yale University, and studied privately with Morton Feldman. After 15 years in New York, he moved to Paris, where he has lived since 1983.

He is considered a minimalist composer, since he works with simple forms, limited scales, and generally reduced materials, but he proceeds in a more logical way than most minimalists, often using formulas, permutations, and predictable sequences.

Johnson is well known for his operas: "The Four Note Opera" (1972) continues to be presented in many countries. "Riemannoper" has been stated in many countries, since its premier in Bremen in 1988. Often played non-operatic works include the "Bedtime Stories," "Rational Melodies," "Music and Questions," "Counting Duets," "Tango," "Narayana's Cows," and "Failing: a very difficult piece for solo string bass."

His largest compositions, the "Bonhoeffer Oratorio," a two-hour work in German for orchestra, chorus and soloists, with text by the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, was premiered in Maastricht in 1996, and had its German premiere in Berlin in 1998. It had its American premiere in New York State in May 2000.

The principal recordings currently available are the CDs "Musique pour 88" (XI, 1992), "Rational Melodies" (Hat Art, 1993), and "The Chord Catalogue" (XI, 1999)

"Self-Similar Melodies," a theoretical book, was published in 1996.

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Deliciously written, like-crystal clear, this book really is the unique useful book concerning to the algorithmic composition techniques I ever read among many others: I positively recommend a careful study of every chapters, in which everyone (from the novice to the seasoned composer...like myself) will find a lot of invaluable suggestions and techniques to apply in a concrete and extremely useful way in his own work.
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A brilliant book - Imaginative and thought provoking with a huge amount of invaluable composition techniques and mathematical processes. This book benefits all composers and is worth investigating.
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I fully agree with both preceding reviews on this book. Very well written, brilliant and full of very interesting ideas. It is of special interest for composers.
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