By Ben Johnston,Ben Gilmore

Described via New York Times critic John Rockwell as “one of the simplest non-famous composers this state has to offer,” Ben Johnston reconceives primary idioms--ranging from jazz to Southern hymns--using simply intonation. Johnston studied with Darius Milhaud, Harry Partch, and John Cage, and is better recognized for his String Quartet No. 4, a fancy sequence of adaptations on Amazing Grace. This quantity unearths he's additionally a very literate composer, who writes and speaks approximately tune with eloquence and charm.  “Maximum readability” and different Writings on Music spans 40 years and brings jointly 41 of Johnston’s most crucial writings, together with many infrequent and a number of other formerly unpublished choices. They contain place papers, theoretical treatises, application notes, old reflections, lectures, excerpts from interviews, and letters, they usually conceal a large spectrum of concerns--from the technical exegesis of microtonality to the private and the generally humanistic. the quantity concludes with a discography of all commercially on hand recordings of Johnston’s music.

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