One of America's foremost contemporary composers, professor of music at the University of California, Roger Sessions here discusses the musical experience of the composer, the performer, the listener. He believes this experience to be shared, on in which all three participants play vital roles, and in this book he speaks especially to the listener.
Mr. Sessions finds that the artist-public relationships has been shifted to that of producer and consumer in big business. But his reply to his own question about a threat to the future of music is both a challenge and an expression of hope. A fascinating little book that will be read with pleasure by people at all levels of musical education.
Originally published in 1950.
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Table of Contents:
- Frontmatter, pg. i
- PREFACE, pg. v
- CONTENTS, pg. vi
- I.THE MUSICAL IMPULSE, pg. 1
- II. THE “MUSICAL EAR”, pg. 21
- III. THE COMPOSER, pg. 43
- IV. THE PERFORMER, pg. 68
- V. THE LISTENER, pg. 87
- VI. MUSIC IN THE WORLD TODAY, pg. 107
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