Preface; 1. The music: general considerations; 2. A biographical sketch; 3. Foreshadowings: the early works; 4. Blues years: the ostinato studies; 5. Isorhythm: the numbers game; 6. Canon: phase 1; 7. Stretching time: the acceleration studies; 8. Beyond counterpoint: the sound-mass canons; 9. Synthesizing a language; 10. After the player piano; Notes; Discography; Select bibliography; Scores; Index.
Study of Conlon Nancarrow, composer of the world's most rhythmically complex music.
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"Kyle Gann's brilliant and authoritative study....Gann's study convincingly defines the field of inquiry for a composer whose full stature is only now becomming clear." Philip Rupprecht, I.S.A.M. Newsletter