Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice Hardcover – 24 Jan 2006
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"This is an indispensable piece of living history, documenting an absolutely crucial moment in the development of 21st century music. For many of these pieces and composers, Gann's discussion is the only record we have. The criticism is at the highest level: careful yet uncompromising, historically informed, erudite, and well-expressed."Robert Fink, University of California, Los Angeles
"A highly intelligent and vividly engaged depiction of the new music scene over the last several years. The music Gann discusses is some of the most important being produced today, as well as the least attended to by scholars and the media. The 'you are there' feel of these articles conveys the intellectual and artistic rigor behind the music, as well as the passion and commitment of its makers. The writing is polemical, emotional, advocatory; Gann is often provocative, and always honest and forceful."Evan Ziporyn, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clarinetist and Composer, Bang On A Can All-stars
"The late 1980s and the 1990s were probably the most contentious years in the history of American music, especially in New York. The Soho News had folded. The New York Times had opted out. During this time, Kyle Gann was consistently the most interesting, reliable and honest reviewer in all of New York. Everybody read him. Probably every composer mentioned in this book would want to "correct" what has been said about her or his music. But you can't argue with Kyle. His opinions are too deeply felt. He is too well-studied. He writes too well. And he is too smart."Robert Ashley, Composer
"No one else could have written this marvelous book. No one else has been so completely immersed in "new music" as has Gann for some twenty yearsand moreover likes it. No other music critic is so courageous, communicative, compelling, and candid (if now and then contentious)or writes such consummately crystalline, convincing prose. Hurrah! Huzzah!!"H. Wiley Hitchcock, Distinguished Professor of Music emeritus, CUNY, and founding director, Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Kyle Gann is music critic for the Village Voice and Associate Professor of Music at Bard College. He is the author of American Music in the Twentieth Century (1997) and The Music of Conlon Nancarrow (1995).