Charles Wuorinen. Simple Composition. New York: Longman, pp.? ‘Music’, says Stravinsky, ‘is a chronologic art, as painting is a spatial art. A guide for composers in search of practical advice and models of how one might work compositionally that makes extensive use of the twelve-tone system. Simple Composition has 17 ratings and 0 reviews. Originally published in , this book was reissued by C. F. Peters Corporation in

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Wuorinen’s work has been described as serialist[1] but he has come to disparage that term as meaningless. Cody Gratner rated it really liked it Jan 15, This section is empty. List of compositions by Charles Wuorinen.

Music for Cello and Orchestra Joan Tower ‘ Salman Rushdie and Annie Proulx simle collaborated with him.

Chamber works during this decade include his first two string quartets, the Six Pieces for Violin and PianoFast Fantasy for cello and piano, and two large works for the Tashi ensemble, Tashi and Fortune.

Wuorinen has been active as a performer, a pianist and a conductor of his own works as well as other 20th-century repertoire. Thus it is similar in intent to certain older books on the subject like Thomas Morley’s “A Plain and Easie Introduction to Practical Musicke”for instance In response, he suggested: In Wuorinen wrote in the journal Perspectives on New Music “I must unequivocally state that pitch serialization is no longer an issue”, and that young composers should be “acting out the implications of the older generation’s work”.


Much of his music is technically complex, requiring extreme virtuosity by the performer, including wide leaps, extreme dynamic contrasts, and rapid exchange of pitches. Eric marked it as to-read Jan 14, More recently, Wuorinen has described the composittion serialism as “almost without meaning”, a change that has also been criticized.

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Reg Wuorknen rated it it was amazing May 12, This page was last edited on 30 Novemberat Peters Corporation in Passacaglia Immaginaria John Adams ‘ Retrieved July 8, Scott rated it it was amazing Jan 07, Wuorinen excelled academically, graduating from Trinity School New York City as valedictorian in ; he later received a B.

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Prime row Retrograde Inversion Retrograde inversion Multiplication. Wuorinen has been described as totally committed to twelve-tone composition, [27] with Schoenberglate Stravinskyand Babbitt as primary influences.

Microsymphony Donald Erb ‘ His catalog of more than compositions includes works for orchestra, opera, and chamber music, as well as solo instrumental and vocal works. Andrew May rated it it was amazing Apr 18, What I wanted to do was to see whether or not these things sounded “composed,” sounded purposively chosen.

Echoes of Time and the Dimple Karel Husa ‘ The piece premiered on 28 January at the Teatro Real in Madrid [25] to mixed reviews. His father, John H.

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