CONVERSATIONS
Vision Edition 003-MC, 280 pp, © 2015 by John Palmer, ISBN 978-0-9931761-0-4 

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Musical knowledge is more than the performance information that is entailed in the analysis of a score. A heartfelt discussion with a musician can generate unparalleled knowledge of the musical work, prompt alternative discoveries about artistic creation and trigger a new awareness of the world through the shared experience of others.

This book is a result of conversations between John Palmer and 20 fellow musicians conducted over a timespan of 25 years, from 1990 to 2015. Featuring some of the most influential and pioneering composers and performers of their generation, the conversations develop organically, roaming between topics as far ranging as compositional technique, creativity and politics. Peppered with artistic vision, anecdote and biographical detail they stand as a unique record of how these artists regard their work and the world in which they live and work.

Conversations with:
Celso Antunes, Richard Barrett, John Cage, Lawrence Casserley, Simon Emmerson, Luc Ferrari, Michael Finnissy, Jim Franklin, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Vinko Globokar, Jonty Harrison, Jonathan Harvey, Folkmar Hein on the Electronic Studio at the Technical University of Berlin, Carol Morgan on the piano music by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Heloise Ph. Palmer on Muïesis, Nuria Schönberg-Nono on Arnold Schönberg, Luigi Nono and the Luigi Nono Archives in Venice, the Modern Art Ensemble of Berlin, Elliott Sharp, Daniel Teruggi and the INA-GRM in Paris and James Wood.

 

Review by Paul Griffiths for TEMPO Music Journal

Review by Christian Morris on Composition Today 


"From the part of this book I was involved in, I know that John Palmer is a knowledgeable and insightful interviewer (as well as a highly talented composer of course) - I look forward very much to reading the rest as soon as possible."  Richard Barrett 

“I am waiting impatiently for my copy. This looks to be a good book.”  Prof. Eric Somers, New York