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Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

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Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s by Carol J. Oja
English | Nov 16, 2000 | ISBN: 0195058496 | 512 Pages | PDF | 6 MB
New York City witnessed a dazzling burst of creativity in the 1920s. In this pathbreaking study, Carol J. Oja explores this artistic renaissance from the perspective of composers of classical and modern music, who along with writers, painters, and jazz musicians, were at the heart of early modernism in America. She also illustrates how the aesthetic attitudes and institutional structures from the 1920s left a deep imprint on the arts over the 20th century.

Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s
Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Virgil Thomson, William Grant Still, Edgar Varèse, Henry Cowell, Leo Ornstein, Marion Bauer, George Antheil-these were the leaders of a talented new generation of American composers whose efforts made New York City the center of new music in the country. They founded composer societies–such as the International Composers' Guild, the League of Composers, the Pan American Association, and the Copland-Sessions Concerts–to promote the performance of their music, and they nimbly negotiated cultural boundaries, aiming for recognition in Western Europe as much as at home. They showed exceptional skill at marketing their work. Drawing on extensive archival material–including interviews, correspondence, popular periodicals, and little-known music manuscripts–Oja provides a new perspective on the period and a compelling collective portrait of the figures, puncturing many longstanding myths.

American composers active in New York during the 1920s are explored in relation to the "Machine Age" and American Dada; the impact of spirituality on American dissonance; the crucial, behind-the-scenes role of women as patrons and promoters of modernist music; cross-currents between jazz and concert music; the critical reception of modernist music (especially in the writings of Carl Van Vechten and Paul Rosenfeld); and the international impulse behind neoclassicism. The book also examines the persistent biases of the time, particularly anti-Semitisim, gender stereotyping, and longstanding racial attitudes.
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My Life on Earth and Elsewhere

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My Life on Earth and Elsewhere By R. Murray Schafer
2012 | 280 Pages | ISBN: 088984352X | PDF | 24 MB

My Life on Earth and Elsewhere
, a memoir by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian composer, music educator and writer R. Murray Schafer, traces the author's life and growth as an artist from his earliest memories to the present. Scenes from his youth as an aspiring painter, a music student at the University of Toronto and a sailor on a Great Lakes freighter give way to memories of his several years of work and wandering in Europe, where he gained a deeper understanding of his vocation, and found, especially in Greece, the inspiration for much of the astonishing music he would create after his return to Canada.
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MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan

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MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan by Carl Morey
English | Sep 1, 1997 | ISBN: 1550022857 | 240 Pages | PDF | 10 MB
In addition to his activities as conductor, administrator, educator, composer, and organist, Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973) found time to write more than one hundred essays and lectures on music. Always ready to use his enormous prestige to further the causes of music, MacMillan took every opportunity to admonish Canadians to develop our own composers, to honour our own performers, to educate our children musically, and to offer opportunities for all to hear, learn about, and enjoy great music.

MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan
This selection of twenty essays and lectures covers the period from 1928 to 1964, and ranges over the gamut of MacMillan's life and interests: the cause of the Canadian composer; music education for adults as well as children; critical reviews; his early years as an organist; internment in a German prison camp during the First World War; Shakespeare and music; church music; and the lighter side in two humorous send-ups of academic lectures on Bach and Wagner. Here is a panorama of music over thirty-five years at mid-century, through the eyes of one of Canada's most brilliant and all-embracing musicians.
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MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan

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MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan by Carl Morey
English | Sep 1, 1997 | ISBN: 1550022857 | 240 Pages | PDF | 10 MB
In addition to his activities as conductor, administrator, educator, composer, and organist, Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973) found time to write more than one hundred essays and lectures on music. Always ready to use his enormous prestige to further the causes of music, MacMillan took every opportunity to admonish Canadians to develop our own composers, to honour our own performers, to educate our children musically, and to offer opportunities for all to hear, learn about, and enjoy great music.

MacMillan on Music: Essays by Sir Ernest MacMillan
This selection of twenty essays and lectures covers the period from 1928 to 1964, and ranges over the gamut of MacMillan's life and interests: the cause of the Canadian composer; music education for adults as well as children; critical reviews; his early years as an organist; internment in a German prison camp during the First World War; Shakespeare and music; church music; and the lighter side in two humorous send-ups of academic lectures on Bach and Wagner. Here is a panorama of music over thirty-five years at mid-century, through the eyes of one of Canada's most brilliant and all-embracing musicians.
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Composing Ambiguity: The Early Music of Morton Feldman

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Composing Ambiguity: The Early Music of Morton Feldman by Alistair Noble
2013 | ISBN: 140945164X | English | 215 pages | PDF | 3 MB

Composing Ambiguity: The Early Music of Morton Feldman
American composer Morton Feldman is increasingly seen to have been one of the key figures in late-twentieth-century music, with his work exerting a powerful influence into the twenty-first century. At the same time, much about his music remains enigmatic, largely due to long-standing myths about supposedly intuitive or aleatoric working practices.In Composing Ambiguity, Alistair Noble reveals key aspects of Feldman's musical language as it developed during a crucial period in the early 1950s. Drawing models from primary sources, including Feldman's musical sketches, he shows that Feldman worked deliberately within a two-dimensional frame, allowing a focus upon the fundamental materials of sounding pitch in time. Beyond this, Feldman's work is revealed to be essentially concerned with the 12-tone chromatic field, and with the delineation of complexes of simple proportions in 'crystalline' forms.Through close reading of several important works from the early 1950s, Noble shows that there is a remarkable consistency of compositional method, despite the varied experimental notations used by Feldman at this time. Not only are there direct relations to be found between staff-notated works and grid scores, but much of the language developed by Feldman in this period was still in use even in his late works of the 1980s.
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Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development

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Marcus Zarra, Matt Long, "Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development"
English | ISBN: 0321617754 | 2009 | PDF | 264 pages | 3 MB

Core Animation: Simplified Animation Techniques for Mac and iPhone Development
Apple's Core Animation framework enables Mac OS X, iPhone, and iPod touch developers to create richer, more visual applications-more easily than ever and with far less code. Now, there's a comprehensive, example-rich, full-color reference to Core Animation for experienced OS X and iPhone developers who want to make the most of this powerful framework.

Marcus Zarra and Matt Long reveal exactly what Core Animation can and can't do, how to use it most effectively-and how to avoid misusing it. Building on your existing knowledge of Objective-C, Cocoa, and Xcode, they present expert techniques, insights, and downloadable code for all aspects of Core Animation programming, from keyframing to movie playback.

Zarra and Long thoroughly review similarities and differences between Core Animation on the Mac and iPhone, helping you write code that can easily move between platforms. They also present a full chapter of innovative techniques and proven "rules of thumb" for optimizing Core Animation's real-world performance.

Coverage includes:
Taking full advantage of Core Animation's lightweight layers and views
Using keyframes to gain complete control over your animations
Creating startling effects with Core Animation transforms
Leveraging Core Image's powerful filtering capabilities from within Core Animation
Playing QuickTime movies using Core Animation's QTMovieLayer
Using the OpenGL layer to achieve greater control over movie playback
Integrating advanced Quartz Composer visualizations into your user interfaces
How to use helper layers to draw gradients, composite shapes, and replicate sublayers
Adding mouse and keyboard user interaction points, and much more…
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