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5.0 out of 5 stars Notations21 is brilliant and gorgeous, May 10, 2009
This review is from: Notations 21 (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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Initial post: May 10, 2009 12:14:12 PM PDT
This is an exceptional book - there are extraordinarily beautiful and fascinating graphic scores with composer-devised descriptions, original essays, and all sorts of fun and adventurous extras to enjoy. It's the kind of book that you can use as a reference and an inspirational source for composers and music students. I just play with it - it's a totally immersive experience! I think that it stays true to John Cage's inspiration, making contemporary music exciting, involving, and incredibly fun.

A must for art lovers, music lovers, composers, and anybody who loves to open their mind and experience new music!
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