"Maximum Clarity" and Other Writings on Music
Published by: University of Illinois Press
328 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 28.00 mm, 1 black & white photograph, 41 line drawings
- ISBN: 9780252086717
- Published: March 2022
This collection spans forty years and brings together forty-one of Johnston's most important writings, including many rare and several previously unpublished selections. They include position papers, theoretical treatises, program notes, historical reflections, lectures, excerpts from interviews, and letters, and they cover a broad spectrum of concerns--from the technical exegesis of microtonality to the personal and the broadly humanistic. A discography of commercially available recordings of Johnston's music closes out the collection.
Contents Editor's Acknowledgments Introduction by Bob Gilmore Ben Johnston: A Chronology by Bob Gilmore I. On Music Theory Aesthetic Theory; Philosophical Background for Mathematical Theory; Musical Background for Application of Mathematical Theory Scalar Order as a Compositional Resource Proportionality and Expanded Musical Pitch Relations Microtonal Resources Tonality Regained Music Theory Rational Structure in Music A Notation System for Extended Just Intonation II. On Musical Aesthetics and Culture Musical Intelligibility: Where Are We? A Talk on Contemporary Music Festivals and New Music Three Attacks on a Problem On Context Contribution to IMC Panel How to Cook an Albatross Art and Survival On Bridge-Building Seventeen Items Art and Religion Extended Just Intonation: A Position Paper A.S.U.C. Keynote Address Just Intonation and Mere Intonation Without Improvement Maximum Clarity III. Some Compositions On String Quartet no. 2 On Sonata for Microtonal Piano The Genesis of Knocking Piece Quintet for Groups: A Reminiscence (2002) On Carmilla On Crossings On The Age of Surveillance On String Quartet no. 5 On String Quartet no. 6 On Journeys On Sleep and Waking IV. On Other Composers Letter from Urbana To Perspectives of New Music re John Cage The Corporealism of Harry Partch Harry Partch/John Cage Harry Partch's Cloud-Chamber Music` Beyond Harry Partch Regarding La Monte Young Notes on Sources Bibliography 5 Discography Index
Awarded the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award (2007).— ASCAP Deems Taylor Award