Musings gathers together the essays, speeches, liner notes, dictionary entries, and magazine articles of Gunther Schuller, one of the most important musical figures of the century. The writings in this collection cover such artists as Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Gil Evans. Schuller also writes about such topics as the "Third Stream," the art of conducting, the future of opera, and the need for broadening the audience for quality music. A marvellous introduction to the man and his experience, taste and erudition, Musings is essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century music.
Gunther Schuller is a conductor, composer, scholar, educator, writer, and music publisher. He is the author of several books on music, including Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development, The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, and The Compleat Conductor. He lives in Massachusetts.
* I Jazz and the Third Stream * Jazz * The Future of Form in Jazz * What Makes Jazz Jazz? * James Reese Europe * The Orchestrator's Challenge * Happy Feet: A Tribute to Paul Whiteman * Ellington in the Pantheon * Ellington vis-a-vis the Swing Era * The Case for Ellington's Music as Living Repertory * Cecil Taylor: Two Early Recordings * Ornette Coleman * Ornette Coleman's Compositions * Sonny Rollins and the Challenge of Thematic Improvisation * Lee Konitz * The Divine Sarah * Gil Evans * Alec Wilder * Third Stream * Third Stream Revisited * The Avant-Garde and Third Stream * Composing for Orchestra * II Music Performance and Contemporary Music * American Performance and New Music * Conducting Revisited * The Future of Opera * Toward a New Classicism? * The State of American Orchestras * Program Notes - Various * Still More Program Notes - on Others * Concerning My Opera The Visitation * III Music Aesthetics and Education * The Compleat Musician in the Complete Conservatory * Qualitative Evaluation in the Arts * The State of Our Art * Form, Content, and Symbol * Form and Aesthetics in Twentieth-Century Music