- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (November 17, 1980)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393950530
- ISBN-13: 978-0393950533
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Music Notation in the Twentieth Century: A Practical Guidebook 1st Edition
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When it comes to the Darmstadt generation and early mature Elliott Carter, this is an excellent resource. Stone shows the notation of such concepts as microtones (in all their competing standards), aperiodic rhythms, tone clusters, and aleatorism. There are individual chapters for many instruments: harp, woodwinds, percussion, organ, etc. One form of notation that Stone does not cover is graphical notation, the scores-as-artwork approach by e.g. Cardew in his "Treatise". Stone explains that these scores intentionally avoid any standardization, but he does provide a few samples for the reader.
One does regret, however, that Stone's book was never updated after its publication in 1980. Indeed, much of the material dates back to the Ghent conference several years earlier. As a result, one misses notation like Per Norgard's golden section rhythms (which many find challenging when they first see them) and Stockhausen's continuing inventions. A second edition is vitally needed. Nonetheless, if you can read music and want to better understand the scores of the high modernists, Stone's book is very much worth a read.