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Volume 27

Amerigrove's Pedigree: On The New Grove Dictionary of American Music, ed. H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie, with Susan Feder as editorial coordinator The study of music in the United States has a history of its own that now stretches back nearly a century and a half. No event in that…
Computer Music: Synthesis, Composition, and Performance, by Charles Dodge and Thomas Jerse. New York: Schirmer Books, 1985. 381 pp. Foundations of Computer Music, edited by Curtis Roads and John Strawn. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1985. 712 pp. The book by Dodge and Jerse is mostly a primer to the technique…
Orientations, by Pierre Boulez. Edited by Jean-Jacques Nattiez, translated by Martin Cooper. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1986. 541 pp. ISBN 0674643763   Boulez is (arguably) the laureate of post-war European contemporary music, and his public utterances are part of the permanent record of this era. Orientations, the largest compilation of…
The Emancipation of Music from Language: Departure from Mimesis in Eighteenth-Century Aesthetics, by John Neubauer. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1986. 249 pp. ISBN 0300035772   It seems to me that the emergence of pure instrumental music as an autonomous and compelling art form—indeed an artistic "institution" with widespread…