The Music of Stuart Saunders Smith
Last updated: 25.08.18
Hardcover - 400 pages (February 28, 1996), usually ships within 4-6 weeks.
From Book News, Inc.
, June 1, 1996
A study of Stuart Saunders Smith's work includes an investigation into jazz, percussion, beat poetry,
musical mobiles, operas, and solo percussion performances. Johnston takes all these elements in hand,
detailing the construction of trans-media pieces such as Return and Recall
, and scanning selected
scores: One for Syl, A Vietnam Memorial, Aussie Blue, Notebook
. Includes an interview with the
composer, extensive diagrams, and reproductions of the the music scores.
Annotation c. by Book News
In the music of Stuart Saunders Smith (b. 1948), jazz, the avant-garde, and sound-text poetry
coalesce. Through the years he has concentrated on certain kinds of composition--open form, radio music,
trans-media systems, and sound-text poetry. Although Smith considers himself a jazz composer and
drummer, his work has been absorbed into a wider range of contemporary musical efforts, both in the
United States and Europe.