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A Vast Simplicity: The Music of Carl Ruggles (review)

A Vast Simplicity: The Music of Carl Ruggles (review) Book Reviews try. As such, Música Norteña: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation between Nations is a valuable new resource, sure to strike up worthwhile and memorable discussions in ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, and Latin American studies. Brenda M. Romero University of Colorado at Boulder A Vast Simplicity: The Music of Carl Ruggles. By Stephen P. Slottow. Dimension and Diversity: Studies in 20th-Century Music no. 8. Hillsdale, N.Y.: Pendragon, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1-57647-126-5. Softcover. Pp. viii, 221. $48.00. A Vast Simplicity. Stephen Slottow derived the title of his book (based on his dissertation) from a letter that Carl Ruggles wrote to John Kirkpatrick on Easter Sunday of 1941. In his letter, Ruggles asked Kirkpatrick to react to some revisions he had made to his composition Portals in preparation for a concert at the University of Miami. After setting forth some examples in notation, Ruggles strove to make himself emphatically clear: "I'm after a vast simplicity. As I wrote you some time ago: there are too many notes in most of the Modern Music. Notes that have no time to sound." The task Slottow has set for himself, while vast, is anything but simple. The author uses all of Ruggles's http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

A Vast Simplicity: The Music of Carl Ruggles (review)

American Music , Volume 28 (3) – Aug 20, 2010

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Book Reviews try. As such, Música Norteña: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation between Nations is a valuable new resource, sure to strike up worthwhile and memorable discussions in ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, history, anthropology, and Latin American studies. Brenda M. Romero University of Colorado at Boulder A Vast Simplicity: The Music of Carl Ruggles. By Stephen P. Slottow. Dimension and Diversity: Studies in 20th-Century Music no. 8. Hillsdale, N.Y.: Pendragon, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-1-57647-126-5. Softcover. Pp. viii, 221. $48.00. A Vast Simplicity. Stephen Slottow derived the title of his book (based on his dissertation) from a letter that Carl Ruggles wrote to John Kirkpatrick on Easter Sunday of 1941. In his letter, Ruggles asked Kirkpatrick to react to some revisions he had made to his composition Portals in preparation for a concert at the University of Miami. After setting forth some examples in notation, Ruggles strove to make himself emphatically clear: "I'm after a vast simplicity. As I wrote you some time ago: there are too many notes in most of the Modern Music. Notes that have no time to sound." The task Slottow has set for himself, while vast, is anything but simple. The author uses all of Ruggles's

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 20, 2010

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