Talking Music is comprised of substantial original conversations with seventeen American experimental composers and musiciansincluding Milton Babbitt, Pauline Oliveros, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, and John Zornmany of whom rarely grant interviews. The author skillfully elicits candid dialogues that encompass technical explorations; questions of method, style, and influence; their personal lives and struggles to create; and their aesthetic goals and artistic declarations. Herein, John Cage recalls the turning point in his career; Ben Johnston criticizes the operas of his teacher Harry Partch; La Monte Young attributes his creative discipline to a Morman childhood; and much more. The results are revelatory conversations with some of America's most radical musical innovators.
"These composers open up to Duckworth. . . . Even the mysteries of the creative process are not beyond discussion.... There are plenty of gems [in this book]". -- Opera News