Music of James Tenney.

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University of Illinois Press,, Urbana, United States, p.1 online resource (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst01030269, 20th century, fast, History and criticism., Music, Music.


Includes bibliographical references and index."Robert Wannamaker's two-volume study explores the influential music and ideas of American composer, theorist, writer, performer, and educator James Tenney. Delving into the whole of Tenney's oeuvre, Wannamaker provides in-depth, aurally grounded analyses of works linked to the artist's revolutionary theories of musical form, timbre, and harmonic perception. Volume 1, Contexts and Paradigms, chronologically surveys Tenney's creative development and output. Each section begins with biographical, aesthetic, and technical context that illuminates a distinct period in Tenney's career. Wannamaker then analyzes a small number of pieces that illuminate the concerns, characteristics, and techniques that emerged in Tenney's music during that time. He supplements the text with musical examples, graphs, and diagrams while also drawing on unpublished material and newly available primary sources to flesh out each work and the ideas that shaped it. Written as a reference work, Volume 2, A Handbook to the Pieces, presents detailed entries on Tenney's significant post-1959 experimental works (excepting pieces covered in Volume 1). It includes technical information, an analysis of intentions and goals, graphs and musical examples, historical and biographical context, and thoughts from Tenney and others on specific works. Throughout, Wannamaker discusses the compositional ideas found in Tenney's music and, where appropriate, traces an idea's appearance from one piece to the next to reveal the evolution of the composer's art and thought"--Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest Ebook Central platform, viewed February 7, 2022).Volume 1. Contexts and paradigms -- volume 2. A handbook to the pieces.