Composer to Composer: Conversations About Contemporary Music

 
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Composer Andrew Ford talks to colleagues, including John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Sofia Gubaidulina, Harrison Birtwistle and Michael Tippett, about the business of composing. Discussions range from politics to religion, theatre to psychology, and music's history to its future.

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Andrew Ford is one of Australia's best-known composers. Formerly on the staff at the University of Wollongong, he is a regular contributor to the ABC's 24 Hours magazine, presenter of Radio National's popular 'The Music Show' and the writer and presenter of ABC Classic FM's 'Illegal Harmonies'.

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These interviews with 30 contemporary composers provide a welcome entr{‚}ee to an art that, if treated at all technically, defeats most readers. A composer himself (hence, the book's title), Ford started interviewing his peers for a Sydney, Australia, radio station and later found print outlets, too. The talks doubtlessly owe their accessibility to the popular character of the media--including general-interest magazines and a daily newspaper--that published them. That several interviewees are genuinely popular (e.g., minimalist composer Steve Reich, part-time film-music composer and cabaret performer Richard Rodney Bennett, and John Taverner, whose Protecting Veil is a rare classical recording best-seller) or famous for reasons other than their compositions (e.g., avant-garde icon John Cage, conductor as well as composer Pierre Boulez, and "Russia's greatest living composer" [as she's called], Sofia Gubaidulina) will hook culturally well-versed though musically illiterate readers. The fact that none of the interviews is longer than nine pages and that Ford writes in both question-and-answer and narrative news-article formats, thereby achieving attractive stylistic variety, will keep them reading. Ray Olson

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