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2011-10-31 23:25:02

Ten years after his death, the composer Iannis Xenakis is still attracting attention around the world. Many people consider him to be one of the most influential composers of our time. However, equally many find his works to be nothing but incomprehensible as they are full of contradictions. A doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, sets out to untangle some of his contradictions. 'I guess it doesn't happen very often that a doctoral thesis written in the field of...

2008-10-10 15:00:20

By Emily Van Cleve For the Journal If modern music seems like a cacophony of sound that makes no sense to the ears, John Kennedy's new lecture series is the perfect antidote. "Beyond the Noise: Listening to Modern Music" is a six-part course that provides insights into the historical and social contexts of contemporary music with biographical information about many of the key composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Starting on Thursday, it will be presented at the Georgia O'Keeffe...

2008-09-23 00:00:22

By Martin Anderson Avant-garde Jewish-Argentinian composer whose absurdist works turned convention on its head "With humour it becomes possible to express a wide spectrum of ideas" - an unusual thought for a contemporary composer. But then Mauricio Kagel was an unusual composer, his standing as perpetual outsider giving him a unique vantage-point. Kagel was deadly serious about not taking life seriously and took a subversive delight in turning convention on its head. Kagel's mind saw...


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