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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Justin rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Chamber works during this decade include his first two string quartets, the Six Pieces for Violin and PianoFast Fantasy for cello and piano, and two wuorindn works for the Tashi ensemble, Tashi and Fortune. Other champions of Wuorinen’s music include Peter Serkinfor whom Wuorinen composed three wuorine including Time Regained [17] based on music of MachautMatteo da PerugiaGuillaume Dufayand Orlando Gibbons and Flying to Kahani[18] commissioned by Carnegie Hall; the solo Scherzo [19] and Adagio ; [20] and the Second Piano Quintet [21] with the Brentano Quartet, sijple ensemble with which Wuorinen has had a very fruitful relationship and for which he wrote his Fourth String Quartet.

Retrieved July 8, Robert Black cited him as a particular influence on his own style. Reg Katter rated it it was amazing May 12, These categories have very little meaning. Thomas marked it as to-read Sep 15, It outlines present practice, and while it can be used for purely didactic purposes, it can also be employed in composing “real” music.


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Simple Composition by Charles Wuorinen

In a interview, Wuorinen stated “I feel what I do is right [32] [ Inwhen Wuorinen was denied tenure by the Columbia University music faculty, he blamed it to the “hostility to the present, and those who advocate it in music”. Evensong Andrew Imbrie compositjon His catalog of more than compositions includes works for orchestra, opera, and chamber music, as well as solo wuofinen and vocal works.

More recently, Wuorinen has described the term serialism as “almost without meaning”, a change that has also been criticized. Wuorinen’s work has been described as serialist[1] but he has come to disparage that term as meaningless. Want to Read saving….

Simple Composition

Still Movement with Hymn Charles Wuorinen ‘ Many early professional performances of Wuorinen’s compositions took place on the Music of Our Time series at the 92nd Street Y run by violinist Max Pollikoff. Microsymphony Donald Erb ‘ Wuorinen has been criticized for being intolerant and hostile towards people with differing views on music in his writings.

Scott rated it really liked it Feb 28, Adam rated it it was amazing Feb 15, Originally published inthis book was reissued by C. Open Preview See a Problem? In Wuorinen wrote in the journal Perspectives on New Music “I must unequivocally state that pitch serialization is no longer an issue”, and that young composers should be “acting out the implications of the older generation’s work”. Adagio tenebroso John Wourinen ‘ Thanks for telling us about the problem.


With the start of the 21st century, James Levine became a major champion of Wuorinen’s music. Wilde Ralph Shapey ‘ Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Simple Composition – Charles Wuorinen

He was a fellow at the Bennington Composers Conference for several years. Paige marked it as to-read Dec 29, Chris marked it as auorinen Feb 18, In an interview with Richard Burbank, Wuorinen is quoted as saying:. Concerto for Orchestra Donald Martino ‘ To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Preview — Simple Composition by Charles Wuorinen. Much of his music is technically complex, requiring cahrles virtuosity by the performer, including wide leaps, extreme dynamic contrasts, and rapid exchange of pitches.

Charles Wuorinen

Pulitzer Prize for Music — They did, at least by my lights. Ben Watson marked it as to-read Apr 02, Wuorinen excelled academically, graduating from Trinity School New York City as valedictorian in ; he later received a B. In response, he suggested: