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By Robin Maconie

Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not likely neighbors who spent such a lot in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship used to be in response to a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the ecu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. although neither was once musical, either have been prime exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and information acquisition that might move directly to effect succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to steer John Cage and the hot York college of summary song; via his educating within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be obvious in the United States and overseas as a substitute to Newtonian neoclassicism, another basically 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 possible not likely impact of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a impressive tale of transmission inside 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 services as a kind of conversation around the limitations of language, serving the explanations of alternate and international relations via its illustration of nationwide identification, emotional personality, honorable goal, and social self-discipline. The research of tune as a language necessarily turned the thing of knowledge technology after international battle II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to medical elucidation has generated a move of anti-music propaganda by way of a strong collective of big name technology writers. In a series of associated essays, Stockhausen expert Robin Maconie reconsiders the function of track and track know-how via cautious exam of key glossy innovations with admire to time, life, id, and courting as formulated through such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, in addition to Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.

This foray into paintings, tune, technological know-how, and philosophy is supreme for college students and students of those disciplines, in addition to these looking to comprehend extra deeply the impression those contributors had on one another’s paintings and smooth music.

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