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Reflections of an American Composer$
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Arthur Berger

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520232518

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520232518.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Reflections of an American Composer

Arthur Berger

University of California Press

This introductory chapter gives away the author's intention on compiling this study on contemporary music and musicians. This memoir is intended for musicians as well as for those who are dedicated listeners—to contemporary music in particular—but lack the professional tools and the ability to decode musical notation, for coping with technical discourse on music. It comprises two types of texts, one for informed reader and the other for uninformed. It can be observed that the text reflections are mostly in the form of memories of a time gone. The reflections are written not from the historian's vantage point, although the trends in composition are presented in somewhat chronological order. While the chapters in this book may be read separately or in a different order without causing any problem, there is a semblance of organization of a kind that is very much the same as what it would have been if they were a collection of previously published papers.

Keywords:   technical discourse on music, musicians, listeners, contemporary music, musical notation

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