Monday, August 1, 2011

Book Review

Balint Andras Varga. Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers. University of Rochester Press, 2011.

Few books seem to merit immediate review. This is one of them. The queries posed by Balint Andras Vara in his Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers are

1. Have you had an experience similar to Witold Lutoslawski's: he heard John Cage's Second Piano Concerto on the radio -- an encounter which changed his musical thinking and ushered in a new creative period, the first result of which was his Jeux Venetians (1960-1961).

2. A composer is surrounded by sounds. Do they influence you and are they in any way of significance to your compositional work?

3. How far can one speak of a personal style and where does self-repetition begin?