Charles Wuorinen. Simple Composition. New York: Longman, pp.? ‘Music’, says Stravinsky, ‘is a chronologic art, as painting is a spatial art. A guide for composers in search of practical advice and models of how one might work compositionally that makes extensive use of the twelve-tone system. Simple Composition has 17 ratings and 0 reviews. Originally published in , this book was reissued by C. F. Peters Corporation in

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Charles Wuorinen — Simple Composition

Microsymphony Donald Erb ‘ Cody Gratner rated it really liked it Jan 15, Many early professional performances of Wuorinen’s compositions took place on the Music of Our Time quorinen at the 92nd Street Y run by violinist Max Pollikoff.

While the tonal system, in an atrophied or vestigial form, is still used today in popular and commercial music, and even occasionally in the works of backward-looking serious composers, it is no longer employed by serious composers of the mainstream, it has been replaced or succeeded by the tone system.

Variations for Orchestra Leon Kirchner ‘ But since my presentation made extensive use of the twelve-tone system in its simplest and most easily describable form, the book was taken as a primer in that system.


Adagio tenebroso John Musto ‘ No trivia or quizzes yet.

This page was last edited on 30 Novemberat Music for Cello and Orchestra Joan Tower ‘ The Bullies or the Besieged? The opening paragraph of Simple Composition has been controversial. Violin Concerto Aaron Jay Kernis ‘ Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

With the start of the 21st century, James Levine became a major champion of Wuorinen’s music.

The s were a particularly fruitful period for Wuorinen, who taught at the Manhattan School of Music from to David Buhler marked it as to-read May 31, Curtainthief marked it as to-read Nov 25, Henry Moore rated it it was amazing Dec wuorineh, Simple Composition by Charles Wuorinen. Salman Rushdie and Annie Proulx have collaborated with him.

Simple Composition

Wuorinen has been described as totally committed to ximple composition, [27] with Schoenberglate Stravinskyand Babbitt as primary influences. Brian Carr rated it really liked it Jan 30, You can help by adding to it. Century Rolls Yehudi Wyner ‘ Twelve-tone and serial composers. Much of his music is technically complex, requiring extreme virtuosity by the performer, including wide leaps, extreme dynamic contrasts, and rapid exchange of pitches.

Simple Composition – Charles Wuorinen

James Tauber added it Sep 03, Thus it is similar in intent to certain older books on the subject like Thomas Morley’s Originally published inthis book was reissued by C. In a wuodinen, Wuorinen stated “I feel what I do is right [32] [ In he co-founded The Group for Contemporary Music, an ensemble dedicated to performance of new chamber music.


His mother, Alfhild Kalijarvi, received her M.

He was a fellow at the Bennington Composers Conference for several years. To ask other readers questions about Simple Compositionplease sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Robert Black cited him as a particular influence on his own style. Vincent Manard is currently reading it Dec 21, Prime row Retrograde Inversion Retrograde inversion Multiplication.

Echoes of Time and the River Karel Husa ‘ Retrieved from ” https: Robin rated it really liked it Mar 27, Ben Watson marked it as to-read Apr 02, The piece premiered on 28 January at domposition Teatro Real in Madrid [25] to mixed reviews.

Retrieved 25 September The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble had also performed and recorded Wuorinen’s composition “Ringing Changes” in collaboration with the Group for Compositiob Music prior to the Percussion Symphony, setting the stage for this challenging larger-scale work.

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