John Zorn: Tradition And Transgression

Paperback | November 19, 2008

byJohn Brackett

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John Zorn is one of the most prolific and active American composers/performers working today. He has been a fixture of New York's "Downtown Scene" since the mid-70s as a tireless proponent of avant-garde and experimental music. Despite the acclaim and respect he has achieved in America and abroad, very little attention has been paid to Zorn by musicologists or music theorists. Author John Brackett suggests that the reason for the relative paucity of writing on Zorn's music and musical thought has to do with the difficulties and challenges they present both for listeners and scholars. Zorn's musical language-an amalgam of seemingly incongruous techniques, sounds, styles, and genres-creates complex and sometimes confusing listening experiences that are difficult to categorize in terms of overarching thematic or narrative design. Brackett offers a number of perspectives for understanding Zorn's music and musical practices, while challenging certain assumptions that limit the ways in which contemporary music is typically addressed.

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John Zorn is one of the most prolific and active American composers/performers working today. He has been a fixture of New York's "Downtown Scene" since the mid-70s as a tireless proponent of avant-garde and experimental music. Despite the acclaim and respect he has achieved in America and abroad, very little attention has been paid to...

John Brackett lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.65 inPublished:November 19, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0253220254

ISBN - 13:9780253220257

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Foreword by John Zorn
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. From the Fantastic to the Dangerously Real: Reading John Zorn's Artwork
2. Magick and Mysticism in Zorn's Recent Works
3. Tradition, Gifts, and Zorn's Musical Homages
4. Continuing the Spiral: Aporias and the Prisms of Tradition
Epilogue
Discography/Filmography
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"As the first book of scholarship on this multifaceted artist, John Zorn... accomplishes a great deal and should initiate a new and more serious phase in Zorn's treatment at the hands of academic authors." -American Music, Winter 2010