Multcolib Research Picks: Writings by Contemporary Composers

Hallelujah Junction
Hallelujah Junction Composing An American Life By Adams, John (Book - 2008 ) 780.92 A2139h 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Entertaining stories and insights about Adam's music and life as a composer and musician.

The Villa-Lobos Letters
The Villa-Lobos Letters By Villa-Lobos, Heitor (Book - 1994 ) 780.92 V712v Available in some locations

Annotation:"In a surprising contrast with the exuberance of his music...his letters are often short, almost bare. The explanation may well be found in an aside in a letter to his wife: 'you know very well that I hate writing letters.'"

My Happy Life
My Happy Life By Milhaud, Darius (Book - 1995 ) 780.92 M644m Available in some locations

Annotation:"In spite of everything, Milhaud always retained his serenity." - from the Introduction

Dialogues With Boulez
Dialogues With Boulez By Di Pietro, Rocco (Book - 2001 ) 780.92 B763d 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:"Boulez's mind works in pairs of opposites that often took these dialogues down some very interesting paths..." - from the Preface by Rocco Di Pietro.

Lutoslawski on Music
Lutoslawski on Music By Lutosławski, Witold (Book - 2007 ) 780.92 L974L 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Chapter 2 "On his Own Works" is fascinating for the composer's commentary about the intent / affect of specific pieces he wrote.

Bela Bartok - Letters
Bela Bartok - Letters By Bartók, Béla (Book - 1971 ) 780 B27bL Available in some locations

Annotation:"It is the tiny hints, by the occasional remarks in the letters, about what things meant to Bartok that are so rewarding..." - from the preface by Sir Michael Tippett

Janacek, Leaves From His Life
Janacek, Leaves From His Life By Janáček, Leoš (Book - 1989 ) 780.92 J33j Available in some locations

Annotation:Recollections and observations interspersed with musical fragments he wrote to express the ideas."

Empty Words
Empty Words Writings '73-'78 By Cage, John (Book - 1979 ) 780.904 C131e Available in some locations

Annotation:Observations and notes about his everyday life and his music in verse and prose.

Bitter Music
Bitter Music Collected Journals, Essays, Introductions, and Librettos By Partch, Harry (Book - 1991 ) 780.92 P273b

Annotation:"Bitter Music" is a collection of essays, beginning with the journal of his years as a transient during the Great Depression, with musical passages written about his experiences.

Diary of My Songs
Diary of My Songs Journal De Mes Melodies By Poulenc, Francis (Book - 1985 ) 780.92 P874d Available in some locations

Annotation:Poulenc's notes and stories about each of his songs, in a bilingual French/English edition.

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Autobiography, letters, and interviews by composers of the 20th century to the present, selected from books in the Multnomah County Central Library. Find more titles in the call number ranges of 780.92.

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