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By Robin Maconie

Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not likely neighbors who spent so much in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship used to be in line with a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the eu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. notwithstanding neither used to be musical, either have been top exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and information acquisition that might move directly to impact succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to steer John Cage and the recent York tuition of summary song; via his educating within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be visible in the US and out of the country instead to Newtonian neoclassicism, another in actual fact stated within the metric modulations of Elliott Carter and Conlon Nancarrow in addition to the post-1950 overall serialism of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

The likely not likely impression of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a outstanding tale of transmission inside of and one of the arts and philosophy, person who Robin Maconie unravels via his sequence of essays in Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to Pierre Boulez. Maconie explores, from Hollywood to Harvard, the best way song features as a kind of conversation around the limitations of language, serving the reasons of exchange and international relations via its illustration of nationwide id, emotional personality, honorable purpose, and social self-discipline. The examine of track as a language unavoidably turned the item of data technology after international struggle II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to clinical elucidation has generated a circulate of anti-music propaganda by means of a strong collective of megastar technology writers. In a series of associated essays, Stockhausen professional Robin Maconie reconsiders the position of tune and track know-how via cautious exam of key smooth ideas with appreciate to time, life, identification, and dating as formulated by means of such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, in addition to Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.

This foray into artwork, song, technology, and philosophy is excellent for college students and students of those disciplines, in addition to these trying to comprehend extra deeply the effect those participants had on one another’s paintings and sleek music.

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