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Arcana II: Musicians on Music

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In his preface to the first "Arcana: Musicians on Music" (2000), avant-garde composer and saxophone player John Zorn wrote: "This book exists to correct an unfortunate injustice, the incredible lack of insightful critical writing about a significant generation of the best and most important work of the past two decades." That the injustice was repaired by that collection w ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Hips Road/Tzadik
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Oct 10, 2009 Devin rated it really liked it

Through these Arcana volumes John Zorn is addressing a much needed resource for documenting the thinking and writings of people passionately involved in making music within an underground culture. By necessity, these essays are uneven. The open inclusiveness of these writings brings with it the good and the bad. What is striking is the presence of academic writings of frustrating opacity along side less formal (and often undisciplined) writings of striking clarity. There are also densely academi
Dec 11, 2008 Ben rated it it was ok
I bought this simply because I must own everything Mick Barr produces (only 2 pages here), but I REALLY have to be in the mood for the rest of this collection. A lot of highminded wegotareviewinTheWire vignettes without recordings as support leaves me dry. When I was 25 and couldn't find friends to BS about "New Music" with, I loved this stuff. Now, I'd rather just write and play.
Jun 03, 2015 Monte rated it it was amazing
I haven't read any of the Arcana series straight through. Since they are individual essays by various composers, I read them as I find time or want to get a particular musician's opinion on composition.
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Aug 24, 2008 Evan Cordes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Plenty of great info in here about composing, playing, theater, etc.
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John Zorn (a.k.a. Dekoboko Hajime, Rav Tzizit) is an American avant-garde composer, arranger, record producer, saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist. Zorn is a prolific artist: he has hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, or producer.

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