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Changing the system: the music of Christian Wolff

Changing the system: the music of Christian Wolff

Thomas, Philip; Chase, Stephen

Christian Wolff is a composer who has followed a distinctive path often at the centre of avant-garde activity working alongside figures such as John Cage, Merce Cunningham, and Cornelius Cardew. In a career spanning sixty years, he has produced a significant and influential body of work that has aimed to address, in a searching and provocative manner, what it means to be an experimental and socially aware artist. This book provides a wide-ranging introduction to a composer often overlooked despite his influence upon many of the major figures in new music since the 1950s from Cage to John Zorn to the new wave of experimentalists across the globe

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Published Farnham: Ashgate, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Stephen Chase and Philip Thomas
ISBN: 1409406911, 9780754666806, 9781409406914
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxiii, 259 p. : ill.
Subject: Wolff, Christian, 1934- Criticism and interpretation.; American music; Music 20th century History and criticism.; Composers; Experimental music
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Foreword, Michael Parsons
  2. Preface, Stephen Chase and Philip Thomas
  3. Part I Reception, History: 'Our Webern': Cage and Feldman's devotion to Christian Wolff, Michael Hicks
  4. Christian Wolff in Darmstadt, 1972 and 1974, Amy C. Beal. Part II The Music: For pianist: the solo piano music, Philip Thomas
  5. Mutual effects: organization and interaction in the orchestral music of Christian Wolff, James Saunders
  6. Exercising the ensemble: some thoughts on the later music of Christian Wolff, Christopher Fox. Part III Politics: Changing the system: indeterminacy and politics in the early 1970s, David Ryan
  7. 'There is always a time': words, music, politics and voice, Stephen Chase. Part IV Performance: Prose Collection: the performer and listener as co-creator, Clemens Gresser
  8. Playing the game? 5 reflections upon performing Christian Wolff's music, Philip Thomas
  9. List of works
  10. Bibliography
  11. Discography
  12. Index.