- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; y First English language edition edition (February 11, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0193154676
- ISBN-13: 978-0193154674
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,739,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conversations with Stockhausen y First English language edition Edition
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I wouldn't call myself a great Stockhausen fan, but I nevertheless acknowledge his huge influence on modernist music, and I try to gleam what appreciation I can from his output. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really provide many insights for listeners. Stockhausen spends much of his time complaining about how incompetent his orchestral and opera house collaborators are, or how out of tune modern society is with his art. Stockhausen does come across as fully bonkers by this point, so there's a terminus ante quem for those who wonder how the madman/genius of 1980s and 1990s interviews arose. When Tannenbaum tries to steer the composer to comment on his music, he rarely gives specifics and instead sticks to general aesthetic positions.
Still, the book is interesting in documenting the last days of Stockhausen's rapport with Boulez, Berio and the nascent IRCAM, before he was to fully lock himself up in his own little world. The genesis of DONNERSTAG AUS LICHT is sketched, even if actual details of the composition are few.