By John Cage, Alison Knowles

From the Preface :

This ebook illustrates a set of tune manuscripts which was once made lately to learn the root for modern functionality Arts. the gathering was firm through situations instead of any means of choice. hence it exhibits the numerous instructions within which track notation is now going. The manuscripts usually are not prepared in response to sorts of track, yet alphabetically in keeping with the composer's identify. No explanatory details is given.

The textual content for the e-book is the results of a approach making use of I-Ching probability operations. those decided what percentage phrases concerning his paintings have been to be written by way of or approximately which of 2 hundred and sixty-nine composers. the place those passages (never greater than sixty-four phrases, occasionally just one) were specially written for this e-book, they're preceded via a paragraph signal and by means of the author's identify. different comments have been selected or written via the editors - John Cage and Alison Knowles. not just the variety of phrases and the writer, however the typography too - letter dimension, depth, and typeface - have been all made up our minds unintentionally operations. This approach used to be with the intention to reduce the variation among textual content and illustrations. The composition of the pages is the paintings of Alison Knowles.

A precedent for the textual content is the Questionnaire. (The composers have been requested to write down approximately notation or some· factor suitable to it.) A precedent for the absence of data which characterizes this e-book is the modern aquarium (no longer a gloomy hallway with each one species in its personal illuminated tank separated from the others and named in Latin): a wide glass residence with the entire fish in it swimming as in an ocean. the gathering of manuscripts constitutes an archive, the contents of that are indexed on the finish of this publication. The editors are thankful to the numerous composers and song publishers who've made this presentation of mid-twentieth century song notation attainable.

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