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By Ben Johnston

Described through New York Times critic John Rockwell as “one of the easiest non-famous composers this kingdom has to offer,” Ben Johnston reconceives everyday idioms--ranging from jazz to Southern hymns--using simply intonation. Johnston studied with Darius Milhaud, Harry Partch, and John Cage, and is better identified for his String Quartet No. 4, a posh sequence of diversifications on Amazing Grace. This quantity finds he's additionally a very literate composer, who writes and speaks approximately song 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and brings jointly 41 of Johnston’s most crucial writings, together with many infrequent and a number of other formerly unpublished choices.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, ancient reflections, lectures, excerpts from interviews, and letters, they usually disguise a extensive spectrum of concerns--from the technical exegesis of microtonality to the private and the extensively humanistic. the amount concludes with a discography of all commercially to be had recordings of Johnston’s music.

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