Silenzio

Silenzio Il volume presenta tradotti integralmente in italiano i testi di riferimento dell avanguardia musicale del Secondo dopoguerra Il maestro John Cage rivoluziona il concetto tradizionale e accademico di

  • Title: Silenzio
  • Author: John Cage Giancarlo Carlotti
  • ISBN: 9788888865638
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Paperback
  • Il volume presenta tradotti integralmente in italiano i testi di riferimento dell avanguardia musicale del Secondo dopoguerra Il maestro John Cage rivoluziona il concetto tradizionale e accademico di musica e si spinge verso nuove frontiere della sperimentazione sonora applicando il metodo della composizione attraverso la consultazione dell I Ching E senza dimenticare diIl volume presenta tradotti integralmente in italiano i testi di riferimento dell avanguardia musicale del Secondo dopoguerra Il maestro John Cage rivoluziona il concetto tradizionale e accademico di musica e si spinge verso nuove frontiere della sperimentazione sonora applicando il metodo della composizione attraverso la consultazione dell I Ching E senza dimenticare di affascinare il lettore con il racconto degli episodi della sua vita, che assurgono al ruolo di parabole zen.

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    2. When Schoenberg asked me whether I would devote my life to music, I said, "Of course." After I had been studying with him for two years, Schoenberg said, "On order to write music, you must have a feeling for harmony." I explained that I had no feeling for harmony. He then said that I would always encounter an obstacle, that it would be as though I came to a wall through which I could not pass. I said, "In that case I will devote my life to beating my head against that wall."One day while I was c [...]

    3. E' libro da leggersi con la meraviglia e l'ingenuità che si deve - per tacito patto - a tutti quei bizzarri visionari americani che sparsero nel tormentato orticello della musica novecentesca gioiose sementa che non implicavano alcun manuale teorico d'uso ma solo un mix di congenito pragmatismo ed esaperato individualismo di Waldeniana memoria.Silenzio - finalmente ristampato in maniera eccelsa nella sua versione integrale dalla Shake, e verrebbe da chiedersi perché una piccola editrice di fre [...]

    4. Silence, how I wanted to like you. But there was so little to actually grasp onto. Some charming anecdotes, yes. But that was about it. Mostly, it was just a morass of chance operations imposed upon the typography. I mean, bonus points, for being theoretically rigorous. However, those same techniques that make John Cage's music so fascinating are a complete disaster when applied to writing. I know I'm not grooving as mystically as Cage would like me too, but I just can't get behind this fucker.

    5. Well after reading this you will either love or hate John Cage! Personally I think the craziest composer of the 20th Century is indeed very loveable! The lectures and writings are incredibly clever; half of the book does not even mention music! Through intense thought Cage writes in Macro-Micro structures, in structures of chance procedure, and even in structures of such perfect timing that he is creating a piece of music (because a sound can be music) through his words. The book gives an insigh [...]

    6. Cage was a great multidisciplinary artist and it's a shame that he is best remembered as a musician. Its hard to imagine anyone appreciating his music without first being exposed to his writing. Incidentally, Cage taught at Black Mountain College, the college that I attend in daydreams after graduating from Hogwarts.

    7. "What if I ask thirty-two questions?What if I stop asking now and then?Will that make things clear?Is communication something made clear?" (p. 41, 'Composition as Process')Having finally finished Silence, I'm astonished I've somehow never had this book recommended to me by another writer--only ever by students of Zen and instrumentalists. But nearly everything Cage articulates in his essays about rhythmic structure, space, thought and non-thought, music and silence plugs directly into the kinds [...]

    8. Yes, his voice still sounds fresh in the next century. This dear sweet gentle soul turns upside down notions of performance, composition and art. His major theme is the recognition of elements outside the conventional boundaries of Music. Thus his compositions for multiple radios, ambient sound, random occurrences in the performance space very 1950s. His project to remove the voice of the composer is hard to wrap one's brain around, it could be seen as a cop-out, or as an overly 'oriental' appro [...]

    9. i couldn't make heads or tails of this book. i'm sure there are deep truths to be gleaned, but i couldn't glean them. i would have rather not tried to rate it at all because i don't feel like i ever read the book in anything more than the "processed the words" sense, but i settled on three stars because it seemed neutral and there's no "no rating" option; and i decided to post this review for the benefit of friends who know me and might therefore be able to use this to make some judgment on whet [...]

    10. John Cage was much taken with silence. And noise, too. According to Gann, he was able to mix the two with no effort. His apartment once had a malfunctioning fire alarm "that beeped all night." No one slept but Cage. I remained in bed, listened carefully to its pattern, and worked it into my thoughts and dreams; and I slept very well. He told Gann that a baby crying in a concert hall --- especially during a concert of modern music --- was there to be enjoyed. It reminds us of Joseph Goldstein's s [...]

    11. Repetetive and rather less clever than I think it thinks it is, but not without any redeeming features. The play with form justified the reading, but it was not an enjoyable experience. Might recommend at a push.

    12. I'm not a big fan of (his interpretation of) Zen. Doubtless an innovator, but this feels really dated and is mainly just an historical document, though he can be quite charming and funny.

    13. This is an unapologetically difficult book and so is often dense and frustrating. The author has intriguing ideas about the nature of art, music and the existence of silence. The uniqueness of the book is in how Cage plays with structure in his essays and changes the way the narrative is presented to control how the reader perceives his ideas. The idea is similar to a performer controlling how an audience hears the music they are making. There's a definite sense of play here as language is manip [...]

    14. this book has been with me forever, i'm pretty sure i picked it up before i moved to the city. long ago i was into the paradoxical novelty of the title, its offer to withhold. in the beginning i had a kind of surface fascination with the style, the gimmicky formal arrangement of ideas on the page. this formal anarrangement of content is in line with the deconstructive invention of serialism and musique concrete or appreciated gimmick in cage's work. returning to this after so long fed into a the [...]

    15. I was sad when I finished this book. I didn't want it to be over. I found myself enjoying everyday sounds that I previously found annoying. I noticed how those sounds - perhaps squeaking bus brakes and car engines - interacted with each other. John Cage's ideas are very interesting. Particularly his goal of having sounds be appreciated for what they were, not any emotional ideas that we typically associate with them. He used chance operations to compose (and write the lectures that make up this [...]

    16. I am sometimes asked to give private music lessons, to aspiring saxophonists, arrangers, and composers. I haven't given private lessons for years, and don't really intend to return to them. I prefer to suggest they read several books; anything I could say, and more, is contained within them.This is one of the books I always recommend. Why? Because, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, I consider this, possibly, the single most important book about music written. (Or at least, in the 20th century. [...]

    17. I read this years ago, the affecting musings of a "compleat" composer essayist on art and such joie de vivre topics as mushroom collecting. Three things particularly stay with me over the years :1. his ordering that it's good to listen to music, better to play it, best to create it via composition. this urges me to someday become capable on some instrument and also create something, maybe my own book if not a tune 2. cage in a silencing anechoic chamber, an experiment I duplicated in a semi-anec [...]

    18. Although it is often highly irritating both in content and in style, this collection is really wonderful. It is tiresome, provocative, groundbreaking, infuriating, boring, soulful. In short, it bears a notable resemblance to Cage's music. About halfway through _Silence_, I stopped fighting it. The Zen message began to seep into my pores. I share much of Cage's philosophy, but I suppose I simply wasn't used to moving beyond myself while reading. Then it got tiresome again at the end. Either the b [...]

    19. Some of these lectures were amazing. Others had interesting concepts, but the content fell flat. He wrote a few of them in the same way that he wrote his music: completely randomly. There is one in particular that would be really great if you could hear it live, but it's pretty useless to read it. The whole idea is that he's got four different texts, and he rolls a die for each one to determine when it will be spoken (i.e. read it for 30 seconds, then silence for 10 seconds, etc), but all four o [...]

    20. This book is in my top two favourite monographs of all time. Sometimes - and some years - Greil Marcus's _Lipstick Traces_ is my favourite, but I (frequently) flick back to John Cage.John Cage's _Silence_ is a detox for the mind. Magnificently written, carefully configured and positioned on the page, this book offers not only a new way of thinking about sound, but an innovative method for writing about it.This 50th anniversary edition of _Silence_ is beautifully presented. Kyle Gann's Forward of [...]

    21. I got my degree from a school that believed the world's "best" music culminated in the Romantic period, and probably somewhere in Germany. This book sums up what we were all so desperately missing. A life changer, but only if you've arrived at these truths in your heart before reading it. You enjoy exploring the future, or you don't, in my feeling. Where music is headed cannot be taught, but must be done first! I believe with all my heart Cage is far beyond most living composers today in his und [...]

    22. Okay, if you're not a composer, musician, choreographer, dancer, architect, or other artist, this book will not likely be for you. In fact, you'll find it generally nonsensical and extremely annoying. Unless you really like mushrooms, which were Cage's lifelong obsession.But, if you have an artistic bent, or a fascination with modern times and sounds and ideas generally, or an appreciation of Zen, you've just got to read this book some time. It will torment you, baffle you, disturb you, and ulti [...]

    23. One of the first books in a long while that I regretted having to finish. Beginning with his dedication of the book "To Whom It May Concern," what follows are collections of ideas, stories, poetry, lectures, all of which speak volumes of a man fulfilled by silence. Cage leans sometimes towards the purposefully opaque in his writing – influenced, no doubt, by his love of Zen – but much like the sounds that he writes of so profoundly, his philosophy exists as a being in the midst of every othe [...]

    24. Silence is one of those amazing books that you go to find in a bookstore somewhere and can't, not because it's not there but because anyone who's ever come across the book has a different idea of how it should be shelved. Is it music? Yes. Is it theory? Yes. Is it poetry? Philosophy? Yes. All this is not to saddle the book or its author with any metaphysical label (Cage was unique in his passion for zen), it's just to say that I find Zen and all it's attending devotions pretty uninteresting and [...]

    25. It turns out that Cage's oracular meditations on music and other things are just the thing to read on the subway, with its multiple layers of background voices and sound. This is especially true of the piece "Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing?," written as four parallel lectures to be performed simultaneously. Following just one thread of the piece, one comes close to the experience of following one's melody line in a complex musical score.Does Cage repeat himself, recycling and repurpos [...]

    26. A mind blowing read for a musician, but also for any artist I would imagine.Since its John Cage, I like to read these essays at random -- sometimes starting in the middle of one, sometimes finishing one. Despite multiple readings, one always finds new ideas in here. I brought this book with me when my band recorded our most recent album, and it was very fun and inspiring to read it in short bursts between sessions.On a side note, this book would probably be of interest to anyone studying Zen or [...]

    27. "But now we are going from something to nothing, and there is no way of saying success or failure since all things have equally their Buddha nature. Being ignorant of that fact is the only obstacle to enlightenment. And being enlightened is not some spooky unearthly condition"I haven't decided if I think this book should be read over and over or just once. Either way, I don't think I ever fully appreciated how strange Cage was, and how relentless his intellect was.

    28. I originally was skeptical of John Cage's music (until I discovered the music for prepared piano and the works for percussion ensemble), but I loved his writing from the start. "Silence" is the seminal collection of essays and other short writings that really put Cage's ideas about music and art before the general public. It should be required reading for anyone interested in the progression of the arts in the 2nd half of the 20th century - and today.

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