Catalogue Raisonne as Memoir: A Composer's Life

Catalogue Raisonne as Memoir: A Composer's Life

Catalogue Raisonne as Memoir: A Composer's Life

Catalogue Raisonne as Memoir: A Composer's Life

Synopsis

The fascinating memoir of the 2004 Grammy-winning composer bases each chapter around a different composition and describes the memory of the life events each piece conjures up, detailing the inspiration and research that went into the creation of each work.

Excerpt

I intend this book primarily to furnish specific data about the music I composed from 1950 to 2002 and, secondarily, to serve as a brief compilation of the places, people, and fugitive thoughts and ideas associated in my mind with those compositions. Remarks about individual compositions have been kept to roughly one thousand words regardless of the work’s duration and importance (or lack thereof). At the outset I had expected that use of the catalogue raisonné form, suggesting a classified and methodical list of artworks, would best accord with the manner I wished to adopt in presenting this information. At the beginning of each entry, a block of text gives the essential facts about each piece. Beneath the title of the composition and the year(s) it was written is a description of the work’s form (or its subtitle) and its duration in minutes. The next line acknowledges the source of . . .

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