Words Without Music

Author: Philip Glass

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571323731

Category: Music

Page: 496

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Rapturous in its ability to depict the creative process, Words Without Music allows readers to experience that sublime moment of creative fusion when life merges with art. Biography lovers will be inspired by the story of a precocious Baltimore boy, the son of a music-shop owner, who entered college at age fifteen, before traveling to Paris to study under the legendary Nadia Boulanger; Glass devotees will be fascinated by the stories behind Einstein on the Beach and Satyagraha, among so many other works. Whether recalling his experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, traveling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese, Words Without Music affirms the power of music to change the world.

Words Without Music

Author: J.P. Polidoro

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1984555413

Category: Poetry

Page: 154

View: 9797


Life’s experiences often take the form of music, poetry, novels, or prose. J. P. Polidoro—a New Hampshire novelist, songwriter, and poet—has compiled within, decades of verses that were intended to be inspiration for or lyrics for songs—reflections of life—and verses that by themselves stand alone. In Words Without Music, Polidoro takes the reader on a visionary lyrical ride of love, love lost, often with personal elegies/odes using nature’s beauty as metaphors of life’s experiences both euphoric and tragic. The thoughts penned within are poems and prose that are often autobiographical but universal in nature. His lyrical creations over decades paint a picture in one’s mind, without need of the artist’s brush or support from a melody. Polidoro purposely offers no table of contents so that the reader may open the book to any page and enjoy the compositions individually, or in total, at one’s leisure, much akin to an individual song. Readers may identify with his past and present emotions and his critical thinking of the day—especially in a world that is ever changing.

Words Without Songs

Author: O. Wright

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135338388

Category: Social Science

Page: 334

View: 639


First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Stage Works of Philip Glass

Author: Robert F. Waters

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110704975X

Category: Music

Page: 335

View: 8180


Glass's stage works have attracted wide popular acclaim. This book assesses critical approaches to them and explores Glass's creative philosophy.

Musical Portraits

Author: Joshua S. Walden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190653515

Category: Music

Page: 224

View: 3823


Joshua S. Walden's Musical Portraits: The Composition of Identity in Contemporary and Experimental Music explores the wide-ranging but under-examined genre of musical portraiture. It focuses in particular on contemporary and experimental music created between 1945 and the present day, an era in which conceptions of identity have changed alongside increasing innovation in musical composition as well as in the uses of abstraction, mixed media, and other novel techniques in the field of visual portraiture. In the absence of physical likeness, an element typical of portraiture that cannot be depicted in sound, composers have experimented with methods of constructing other attributes of identity in music, such as character, biography, and profession. By studying musical portraits of painters, authors, and modern celebrities, in addition to composers' self-portraits, the book considers how representational and interpretive processes overlap and differ between music and other art forms, as well as how music is used in the depiction of human identities. Examining a range of musical portraits by composers including Peter Ablinger, Pierre Boulez, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, György Ligeti, and Virgil Thomson, and director Robert Wilson's on-going series of video portraits of modern-day celebrities and his "portrait opera" Einstein on the Beach, Musical Portraits contributes to the study of music since 1945 through a detailed examination of contemporary understandings of music's capacity to depict identity, and of the intersections between music, literature, theater, film, and the visual arts.

Anatomy of Sound

Author: Jacob Smith,Neil Verma

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520285328

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 5647


"This collection of essays examines one of the most important, yet understudied, media authors of all time--Norman Corwin--using him as a critical lens to consider the history of multimedia authorship, particularly in the realm of sound. Known for seven decades as the 'poet laureate' of radio, Corwin is most famous for his radio dramas, which reached tens of millions of listeners around the world and contributed to radio drama's success as a mass media form in the 1930s and 1940s. But Corwin was a pioneer in multiple media, including cinema, theater, TV, public service broadcasting, journalism, and even cantata. In each of these areas, Corwin had a distinctive approach to sonic aesthetics and mastery of multiple aspects of media production, relying in part on his inventive atmospheric effects in the studio both prerecorded, and, more impressively, live in real time. From the front lines of World War II to his role as Chief of Special Projects for United Nations Radio and his influence on media today, the political and social aspect of Corwin's work is woven into these essays. With a foreword by Michele Hilmes and contributions from Thomas Doherty, Mary Ann Watson, Shawn VanCour, David Ossman and others, this volume cements Corwin's reputation as perhaps the greatest writer in the history of radio, while also showing that his long career is a neglected model of multimedia authorship."--Provided by publisher.

Talking Radio: An Oral History of American Radio in the Television Age

Author: Michael C. Keith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000161382

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 9683


Includes interviews with such well known personalities as Walter Cronkite, Dick Clark, Steve Allen, Art Linkletter, Paul Harvey, Howard K. Smith, Ed McMahon, Bruce Morrow, as well as more than fifty other individuals who were or continue to be actively involved in radio.

Radio Art and Music

Author: Jarmila Mildorf,Pim Verhulst

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 149859980X

Category: Radio and music

Page: 282

View: 9515


This book explores the cultural, aesthetic, and political relevance of music in radio art from its beginnings to present day. Contributors include musicologists, literary studies, and cultural studies scholars and cover radio plays, radio shows, and other programs in North American, English, Spanish, Greek, Italian, and German radio.

James Joyce and Absolute Music

Author: Michelle Witen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350014230

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

View: 9768


Drawing on draft manuscripts and other archival material, James Joyce and Absolute Music, explores Joyce's deep engagement with musical structure, and his participation in the growing modernist discourse surrounding 19th-century musical forms. Michelle Witen examines Joyce's claim of having structured the “Sirens” episode of his masterpiece, Ulysses, as a fuga per canonem, and his changing musical project from his early works, such as Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Informed by a deep understanding of music theory and history, the book goes on to consider the “pure music” of Joyce's final work, Finnegans Wake. Demonstrating the importance of music to Joyce, this ground-breaking study reveals new depths to this enduring body of work.

From Time to Time

Author: Hsin Hsin Lin

Publisher: Lin Hsin Hsin

ISBN: 9789810027056

Category: Literature

Page: 255

View: 2688