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Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer

Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (May 16, 2009)

Notations 21 by Theresa Sauer, Musicologist, Authoris is a celebration of innovations in musical notation, employing an appreciative aesthetic for both the aural and visual beauty of these creations. The musical scores in this edition were created by composers whose creativity could not be confined by the staff and clef of traditional western notation, but whose musical language can communicate with the contemporary audience n a uniquely powerful way.

Theresa Sauer sought out today’s graphic composers to explore the direction graphic notation has gone in recent decades. The graphic scores of today possess the same aesthetic appeal and duality that stirred the visual and auditory senses as those of Cage’s generation, but they have cast their net of possibility wider.
Over 160 composers from all reaches of the globe are profiled in Notations 21, following in Cage’s footsteps of making even more public the next generation of convention-breaking composers. Gorgeous artwork adorns essays of personal philosophies that, like Cage, reveal through artwork the interface of these composers’ inner and outer lives.

Contributors include the likes of Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Earle Brown, Halim El-Dabh,  Robert Ashley, Joan La Barbara, Joe Pignato, Martin Loyato, Chris Chalfant, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz.


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