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Gann, Kyle

Works: 202 works in 422 publications in 3 languages and 12,961 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  Reviews  Lectures  Chamber music  Songs  Biographies  History  Musique concrète  Art music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Instrumentalist, Singer, Composer, Other, wpr, Commentator, Author of introduction
Classifications: ML200, 780.973
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No such thing as silence : John Cage's 4'33" by Kyle Gann( )

18 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First performed at the midpoint of the twentieth century, John Cage's 4'33", a composition conceived of without a single musical note, is among the most celebrated and ballyhooed cultural gestures in the history of modern music. A meditation on the act of listening and the nature of performance, Cage's controversial piece became the iconic statement of the meaning of silence in art and is a landmark work of American music. In this book, Kyle Gann, one of the nation's leading music critics, explains 4'33" as a unique moment in American culture and musical composition. Finding resemblances and resonances of 4'33" in artworks as wide-ranging as the paintings of the Hudson River School and the music of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, he provides much-needed cultural context for this fundamentally challenging and often misunderstood piece. Gann also explores Cage's craft, describing in illuminating detail the musical, philosophical, and even environmental influences that informed this groundbreaking piece of music. Having performed 4'33" himself and as a composer in his own right, Gann offers the reader both an expert's analysis and a highly personal interpretation of Cage's most divisive work [Publisher description]
Robert Ashley by Kyle Gann( )

14 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,645 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the life and works of the pioneering opera composer Robert Ashley, one of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation. Ashley's innovations began in the 1960s when he, along with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman, formed the Sonic Arts Union
Charles Ives's Concord : essays after a sonata by Kyle Gann( )

11 editions published between 2017 and 2021 in English and held by 1,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1921, insurance executive Charles Ives sent out copies of a piano sonata to two hundred strangers. Laden with dissonant chords, complex rhythm, and a seemingly chaotic structure, the so-called Concord Sonata confounded the recipients, as did the accompanying book, Essays before a Sonata. Kyle Gann merges exhaustive research with his own experience as a composer to reveal the Concord Sonata and the essays in full. Diffracting the twinned works into their essential aspects, Gann lays out the historical context that produced Ives's masterpiece and illuminates the arguments Ives himself explored in the Essays. Gann also provides a movement-by-movement analysis of the work's harmonic structure and compositional technique; connects the sonata to Ives works that share parts of its material; and compares the 1921 version of the Concord with its 1947 revision to reveal important aspects of Ives's creative process. A tour de force of critical, theoretical, and historical thought, Charles Ives's Concord provides nothing less than the first comprehensive consideration of a work at the heart of twentieth century American music
American music in the twentieth century by Kyle Gann( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Music in the Twentieth Century surveys the art music written in the United States during the last 100 years from the groundbreaking experiments of Charles Ives to the present day. Writing for the general reader, Kyle Gann describes the characteristic sounds of the diverse movements that have sprung up in this eventful period, while at the same time he sketches the changing social and cultural contexts for American concert music, and provides concise biographies of key figures
The arithmetic of listening : tuning theory and history for the impractical musician by Kyle Gann( )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 928 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tuning is the secret lens through which the history of music falls into focus, says Kyle Gann. Yet in Western circles, no other musical issue is so ignored, so taken for granted, so shoved into the corners of musical discourse. A classroom essential and an invaluable reference, The Arithmetic of Listening offers beginners the grounding in music theory necessary to find their own way into microtonality and the places it may take them. Moving from ancient Greece to the present, Kyle Gann delves into the infinite tunings available to any musician who feels straitjacketed by obedience to standardized Western European tuning. He introduces the concept of the harmonic series and demonstrates its relationship to equal-tempered and well-tempered tuning. He also explores recent experimental tuning models that exploit smaller intervals between pitches to create new sounds and harmonies. Systematic and accessible, The Arithmetic of Music provides a much-needed primer for the wide range of tuning systems that have informed Western music."--
The Ashgate research companion to minimalist and postminimalist music by Keith Potter( )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and held by 915 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In recent years the music of minimalist composers such as La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass has, increasingly, become the subject of important musicological reflection, research and debate. Scholars have also been turning their attention to the work of lesser-known contemporaries such as Phill Niblock and Eliane Radigue, or to second and third generation minimalists such as John Adams, Louis Andriessen, Michael Nyman and William Duckworth, whose range of styles may undermine any sense of shared aesthetic approach but whose output is still to a large extent informed by the innovative work of their minimalist predecessors. Attempts have also been made by a number of academics to contextualise the work of composers who have moved in parallel with these developments while remaining resolutely outside its immediate environment, including such diverse figures as Karel Goeyvaerts, Robert Ashley, Arvo Pärt and Brian Eno. Theory has reflected practice in many respects, with the multimedia works of Reich and Glass encouraging interdisciplinary approaches, associations and interconnections. Minimalism's role in culture and society has also become the subject of recent interest and debate, complementing existing scholarship, which addressed the subject from the perspective of historiography, analysis, aesthetics and philosophy. The Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music provides an authoritative overview of established research in this area, while also offering new and innovative approaches to the subject [Publisher description]
Silence : Lectures and Writings, 50th Anniversary Edition by John Cage( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Special edition of the book that revolutionized our understanding of how we make and experience art
The music of Conlon Nancarrow by Kyle Gann( Book )

17 editions published between 1995 and 2006 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The expatriate American experimentalist composer Conlon Nancarrow is increasingly recognised as having one of the most innovative musical minds of this century. His music, almost all written for player piano, is the most rhythmically complex ever written, couched in intricate contrapuntal systems using up to twelve different tempos at the same time. Yet despite its complexity, Nancarrow's music drew its early influences from the jazz pianism of Art Tatum and Earl Hines and from the rhythms of Indian music; Nancarrow's whirlwinds of notes are joyously physical in their energy. Composed in almost complete isolation from 1940, this music has achieved international fame only in the last few years. Born in 1912, the son of the mayor of Texarkana, Nancarrow fought in the Lincoln Brigade, then fled America to Mexico City to avoid being hounded for his former Communist affiliations. The author travelled to Mexico City to research Nancarrow's music and to discuss it with him. He analyses sixty-five works, virtually the composer's complete output, and includes a biographical chapter containing much information never before published
Music downtown : writings from the Village voice by Kyle Gann( Book )

8 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection represents the cream of the more than five hundred articles written for the Village Voice by Kyle Gann, a leading authority on experimental American music of the late twentieth century. Charged with exploring every facet of cutting-edge music coming out of New York City in the 1980s and '90s, Gann writes about a wide array of timely issues that few critics have addressed, including computer music, multiculturalism and its thorny relation to music, music for the AIDS crisis, the brand-new art of electronic sampling and its legal implications, symphonies for electric guitars, operas based on talk shows, the death of twelve-tone music, and the various streams of music that flowed forth from minimalism. In these articles--including interviews with Yoko Ono, Philip Glass, Glenn Branca, and other leading musical figures--Gann paints a portrait of a bristling era in music history and defines the scruffy, vernacular field of Downtown music from which so much of the most fertile recent American music has come [Publisher description]
Long night by Kyle Gann( )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in No Linguistic content and Undetermined and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nude rolling down an escalator : studies for Disklavier by Kyle Gann( Recording )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Music in the United States : a historical introduction by H. Wiley Hitchcock( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides a chronological look at American music from colonial times to the end of the 20th century. Readers will find a comprehensive treatment of both "serious" and "popular" music in the United States
The planets by Kyle Gann( )

3 editions published in 2010 and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hyperchromatica by Kyle Gann( )

4 editions published in 2018 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silence : lectures and writings by John Cage( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Silence, John Cage's first book and epic masterpiece, was published in October 1961. In these lectures, scores, and writings, Cage tries, as he says, to find a way of writing that comes from ideas, is not about them, but that produces them. Often these writings include mesostics and essays created by subjecting the work of other writers to chance procedures using the I Ching. Fifty years later comes a beautiful new edition with a foreword by eminent music critic Kyle Gann. A landmark book in American arts and culture, Silence has been translated into more than forty languages and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. -- Book jacket
Private dances by Kyle Gann( )

3 editions published in 2008 and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Custer and Sitting Bull by Kyle Gann( Recording )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The geography of loss by Robert Carl( Recording )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Loudspeakers by Charles Amirkhanian( Recording )

1 edition published in 2019 and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lost works, last works by Conlon Nancarrow( Recording )

2 editions published in 2000 in No Linguistic content and English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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American music in the twentieth century
American music in the twentieth centuryThe music of Conlon NancarrowMusic downtown : writings from the Village voiceMusic in the United States : a historical introduction
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