Academic journal article Current Musicology

Igor's Goriest Tune and Selected Text Pieces

Academic journal article Current Musicology

Igor's Goriest Tune and Selected Text Pieces

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To observe my 50th birthday in 1982, I conceived Igor's Goriest Tune and sent it out to friends, colleagues and family members. In 1987 IGT became part of a limited edition of graphic-texts--IMAGE: a collection (with four pieces of mine and works by Jim Randall, Bob Paredes, Jane Coppock, Ben Boretz, and Catherine Schieve; the first publication of OPEN SPACE in 1989 was IMAGE). IGT also appeared in e: an anthology, a collection of my writings and graphics (1975-1995) published by OPEN SPACE. And so, to celebrate, to celebrate--echoes of Purcell flood in!--David Gutkin's invitation to participate in this issue of Current Musicology, here's Igor!

But first. Igor's Goriest Tune could/would never have been visualized or made without my twenty-two year connection with Perspectives of New Music, into which, in 1962, I was drafted by my dear friend Ben Boretz. Drafted but willingly for I had been out of touch with music and music-thought for several years as a stay-at-home mom. Thus then, with a mix of anxiety and eagerness, was my music-intellectual life reinvigorated. New languages and modes of writing/speaking about music were thrown before me, some of which I learned, others of which were never my thing, a bunch of which made their way into IGT. Ever since childhood, I've enjoyed drawing, comics, doodling, graphics, 'making' things and why not, I thought, find a way to integrate several "expressive languages," the more so with a 'tune' that had been one of my earliest New Music experiences. …

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