By Robin Maconie
Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not likely pals who spent such a lot in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship was once in response to a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the ecu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. notwithstanding neither used to be musical, either have been top exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and information acquisition that may move directly to effect succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to steer John Cage and the hot York college of summary song; via his educating within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be obvious in the United States and in a foreign country instead to Newtonian neoclassicism, another truly said within the metric modulations of Elliott Carter and Conlon Nancarrow in addition to the post-1950 overall serialism of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The probably not going impression of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a notable tale of transmission inside of and one of the arts and philosophy, person who Robin Maconie unravels via his sequence of essays in Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to Pierre Boulez. Maconie explores, from Hollywood to Harvard, the best way song capabilities as a kind of communique around the obstacles of language, serving the explanations of alternate and international relations via its illustration of nationwide id, emotional personality, honorable goal, and social self-discipline. The research of song as a language unavoidably grew to become the thing of data technological know-how after international conflict II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to clinical elucidation has generated a circulate of anti-music propaganda by means of a robust collective of famous person technology writers. In a chain of associated essays, Stockhausen professional Robin Maconie reconsiders the position of song and tune expertise via cautious exam of key smooth thoughts with recognize to time, lifestyles, id, and dating as formulated via such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, besides Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.
This foray into paintings, song, technological know-how, and philosophy is excellent for college students and students of those disciplines, in addition to these looking to comprehend extra deeply the impression those contributors had on one another’s paintings and glossy music.
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