Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina is a Russian composer. Gubaidulina was born in Chistopol, Soviet Union to a mixed family of a Volga Tatar father. Her father, Asgat Masgudovich Gubaidulin, was an engineer and her mother and she studied composition and piano at the Kazan Conservatory, graduating in 1954. In Moscow she undertook studies at the Conservatory with Nikolay Peyko until 1959. Her music was deemed irresponsible during her studies in Soviet Russia and she was supported, however, by Dmitri Shostakovich, who in evaluating her final examination encouraged her to continue down her mistaken path. She composed the score to the well-known Russian animated picture Adventures of Mowgli, in the mid-1970s Gubaidulina founded Astreja, a folk-instrument improvisation group with fellow composers Viktor Suslin and Vyacheslav Artyomov. In 1979, she was blacklisted as one of the Khrennikovs Seven at the Sixth Congress of the Union of Soviet Composers for unapproved participation in festivals of Soviet music in the West.
Gubaidulina became better known abroad during the early 1980s through Gidon Kremers championing of her violin concerto Offertorium and she sprang to international fame in the late 1980s. She composed an homage to T. S. Eliot, in 2002 she followed this by the Johannes-Ostern, commissioned by Hannover Rundfunk. The two works form a diptych on the death and resurrection of Christ, her largest work to date. Invited by Walter Fink, she was the 13th composer featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau Musik Festival in 2003 and her work The Light at the End preceded Beethovens Symphony No.9 in the 2005 proms. In 2007 her second violin concerto In Tempus Praesens was performed at the Lucerne Festival by Anne-Sophie Mutter and its creation has been depicted in Jan Schmidt-Garres film Sophia - Biography of a Violin Concerto. Since 1992, Gubaidulina has lived in Hamburg and she is a member of the musical academies in Frankfurt and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. For Gubaidulina, music was an escape from the atmosphere of Soviet Russia.
These abstract religious and mystical associations are concretized in Gubaidulinas compositions in various ways, Gubaidulina is a devout member of the Russian Orthodox church. The koto, a traditional Japanese instrument is featured in her work In the Shadow of the Tree, the Canticle of the Sun is a cello concerto/choral hybrid, dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich. The use of the lowest possible registers on the cello opens new possibilities for the instrument while the use of chorus adds a mystical ambience to the work. Another influence of techniques can be found in her fascination with percussion instruments
Django Bates is a British composer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader. He plays the piano and the tenor horn and he writes large-scale compositions on commission. Bates was born in Beckenham and attended Sedgehill Secondary School, while at this school, he attended the Centre for Young Musicians in London, where he learned trumpet and violin. In 1977-78 he studied at Morley College, Bates founded Human Chain in 1979 and in the 1980s he rose to prominence in a jazz orchestra called Loose Tubes. In 1991, he started his own 19-piece jazz orchestra Delightful Precipice and he put together the Powder Room Collapse Orchestra, and created Circus Umbilicus, a musical circus show. He has performed alongside Michael Brecker, Tim Berne, Christian Jarvi, Vince Mendoza, David Sanborn, Kate Rusby, in recent years, Bates has concentrated on writing large scale compositions on commission. They worked on a short film You Can Run, other theatre work includes Greg Doran’s production of As You Like It, and Campbell Graham’s Out There.
Bates was the artistic director of the music festival FuseLeeds in 2004. He used this opportunity to initiate the first orchestral commission for Jonny Greenwood, Django commissioned sixty composers including Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Sir Patrick Moore and John Zorn, to write one bar each. He quilted these bars into the piece Premature Celebration, which was performed by Evan Parker, the Wire voted Bates Best UK Jazz Composer in 1987 and 1990. In 1997, he won the Jazzpar Prize, in 2008, he was nominated for the PRS New Music Award. He was awarded a fellowship by the Leeds College of Music in 1995, in 2002, he was a tutor at the Banff Centre jazz programme alongside Jim Black and Dave Douglas. In July 2005 Bates was appointed as Professor of Rhythmic Music at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen and he was appointed visiting professor of jazz at the Royal Academy of Music in London in September 2010. In September 2011 Django Bates was appointed Professor of Jazz at HKB Bern Switzerland, Human Chain Cashin In with Human Chain Music for The Third Policeman Summer Fruits Autumn Fires Winter Truce Good Evening.
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Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where the artwork is made from an assemblage of different forms, thus creating a new whole. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years, the term collage was coined by both Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. Techniques of collage were first used at the time of the invention of paper in China, around 200 BC. The use of collage, wasnt used by many people until the 10th century in Japan, when began to apply glued paper, using texts on surfaces. The technique of collage appeared in medieval Europe during the 13th century, gold leaf panels started to be applied in Gothic cathedrals around the 15th and 16th centuries. Gemstones and other metals were applied to religious images, icons. An 18th-century example of art can be found in the work of Mary Delany. In the 19th century, collage methods were used among hobbyists for memorabilia, the exhibition traveled to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Art Gallery of Ontario.
For example, the Tate Gallerys online art glossary states that collage was first used as a technique in the twentieth century. The glued-on patches which Braque and Picasso added to their canvases offered a new perspective on painting when the patches collided with the plane of the painting. Collage in the modernist sense began with Cubist painters Georges Braque, according to some sources, Picasso was the first to use the collage technique in oil paintings. According to the Guggenheim Museums online article about collage, Braque took up the concept of collage itself before Picasso, applying it to charcoal drawings. Picasso adopted collage immediately after, It was Braque who purchased a roll of simulated oak-grain wallpaper and began cutting out pieces of the paper, Picasso immediately began to make his own experiments in the new medium. In 1912 for his Still Life with Chair Caning, Picasso pasted a patch of oilcloth with a design onto the canvas of the piece. Surrealist artists have made use of collage.
Cubomania is a made by cutting an image into squares which are reassembled automatically or at random. Collages produced using a similar, or perhaps identical, method are called etrécissements by Marcel Mariën from a method first explored by Mariën, surrealist games such as parallel collage use collective techniques of collage making. Many of these artists used techniques in their work
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian-born composer and conductor. He is widely considered one of the most important and influential composers of the 20th century, Stravinskys compositional career was notable for its stylistic diversity. His Russian phase which continued with such as Renard, The Soldiers Tale. The works from this tended to make use of traditional musical forms, drawing on earlier styles. In the 1950s, Stravinsky adopted serial procedures, Stravinsky was born on 17 June 1882 in Oranienbaum, a suburb of Saint Petersburg, the Russian imperial capital, and was brought up in Saint Petersburg. It is believed that Stravinsky’s ancestry is traceable back to the 17th and 18th centuries, to the bearers of the Soulima, ivan Sulima, was a famous Ukrainian hetman 1628–1635. Stravinskys family branch most likely came from Stravinskas, polonized Lithuanian land owners and it is still unclear to when exactly the Soulima part of the surname was dropped. Stravinsky recalled his schooldays as being lonely, saying that I never came across anyone who had any attraction for me.
Stravinsky began piano lessons as a boy, studying music theory. In 1890, he saw a performance of Tchaikovskys ballet The Sleeping Beauty at the Mariinsky Theatre, despite his enthusiasm for music, his parents expected him to study law. Stravinsky enrolled at the University of Saint Petersburg in 1901, Stravinskys father died of cancer that year, by which time his son had already begun spending more time on his musical studies than on law. Thereafter, he concentrated on studying music, in 1905, he began to take twice-weekly private lessons from Rimsky-Korsakov, whom he came to regard as a second father. These lessons continued until Rimsky-Korsakovs death in 1908, in 1905 Stravinsky was betrothed to his cousin Katherine Gavrylivna Nosenko, whom he had known since early childhood. Diaghilev was sufficiently impressed by Fireworks to commission Stravinsky to carry out some orchestrations and to compose a ballet score. The early period of Igor Stravinsky’s work would be incomplete without a research of his life while in Ukraine.
From approximately 1890 till 1914 the composer was frequently visiting Ustyluh, town in Volyn Oblast and he spent most of his summers there and that’s where he met his cousin, Katherine Nosenko who he married in 1906. In 1907 Stravinsky designed and built his own house in Ustyluh where his own family stayed often during summer times until 1914 and his new Ukrainian home he called “My heavenly place”. In this house Igor Stravinsky worked on his seventeen early compositions, among which were orchestral fantasy Fireworks, ballets Firebird, currently, after its renovation this house is the only composers house-museum opened to the public
Mauricio Kagel was a German-Argentine composer. He was notable for his interest in developing the theatrical side of musical performance, Kagel was born in Buenos Aires, into a Jewish family which fled from Russia in the 1920s. He studied music, history of literature, and philosophy in Buenos Aires, in 1957 he came as a scholar to Cologne, where he lived until his death. From 1960–66 and 1972–76, he taught at the International Summer School at Darmstadt and he taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1964 to 1965 as Slee Professor of music theory and at the Berlin Film and Television Academy as a visiting lecturer. He served as director of courses for new music in Gothenburg and he was professor for new music theatre at the Cologne Conservatory from 1974 to 1997. Invited by Walter Fink, he was the composer featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau Musik Festival in 1991. In 2000 he received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, among his students were Maria de Alvear, Carola Bauckholt, Branimir Krstić, David Sawer, Rickard Scheffer, Juan Maria Solare, Gerald Barry, and Chao-Ming Tung.
See, List of music students by teacher, K to M#Mauricio Kagel and he died in Cologne on September 18,2008 after a long illness, at the age of 76. His work is comparable to the Theatre of the Absurd, staatstheater is probably the piece that most clearly shows his absurdist tendency. This work is described as a ballet for non-dancers, though in many ways is more like an opera, as the work progresses, the piece itself, and opera and ballet in general, becomes its own subject matter. Similar is the radio play Ein Aufnahmezustand which is about the surrounding the recording of a radio play. Kagel made films, with one of the best known being Ludwig van, in it, a reproduction of Beethovens studio is seen, as part of a fictive visit of the Beethoven House in Bonn. Everything in it is papered with sheet music of Beethovens pieces, the soundtrack of the film is a piano playing the music as it appears in each shot. Because the music has been wrapped around curves and edges, it is somewhat distorted, in other parts, the film contains parodies of radio or TV broadcasts connected with the Beethoven Year 1770.
Kagel wrote a number of more conventional, pure pieces, including orchestral music, chamber music. Many of these make references to music of the past by, amongst others, Brahms, Bach and he has been regarded by music historians as deploying a critical intelligence interrogating the position of music in society. Six duos for two percussionists Ludwig Van Anon. n. d, the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. Liszts Nuages gris and Kagels Unguis incarnatus est, A Model and Its Issue, a Concise History of Modern Music, From Debussy to Boulez
Hans Werner Henze
Hans Werner Henze was a German composer. In particular, his works reflect his consistent cultivation of music for the theatre throughout his life. Henze was known for his political convictions and he left Germany for Italy in 1953 because of a perceived intolerance towards his leftist politics and homosexuality. Late in life he lived in the village of Marino in the central Italian region of Lazio, an avowed Marxist and member of the Communist Party of Italy, Henze produced compositions honoring Ho Chi Minh and Che Guevara. Henze spent a year teaching in Cuba, though he became disillusioned with Castro. Henze was born in Gütersloh, the eldest of six children of a teacher and that and his political views led to conflict with his conservative father. Henzes father, had served in the First World War and was wounded at Verdun. He worked as a teacher in a school at Bielefeld, formed on progressive lines, Franz Henze moved to Dünne, a small village near Bünde, where he fell under the spell of Nazi propaganda.
Books by Jewish and Christian authors were replaced in the Henze household by literature reflecting Nazi views, the older boys, including Hans, were enrolled in the Hitler Youth. Henze began studies at the music school of Braunschweig in 1942, where he studied piano, percussion. Franz Henze rejoined the army in 1943 and he was sent to the Eastern front, Henze had to break off his studies after being conscripted into the army in 1944, towards the end of the Second World War. He was trained as a radio officer and he was soon captured by the British and held in a prisoner-of-war camp for the remainder of the war. In 1945 he became an accompanist in the Bielefeld City Theatre and he took part in the famous Darmstadt New Music Summer School, a key vehicle for the propagation of avant-garde techniques. At the 1947 summer school, Henze turned to serial technique, in his early years he worked with twelve-tone technique, for example in his First Symphony and Violin Concerto of 1947. Sadlers Wells Ballet visited Hamburg in 1948, this inspired Henze to write a poem, Ballett-Variationen.
The first ballet he saw was Frederick Ashtons Scènes de Ballet and he wrote a letter of appreciation to Ashton, introducing himself as a 22-year-old composer. The next time he wrote to Ashton he enclosed the score of his Ballett-Variationen and this work was first performed in Düsseldorf in September 1949 and staged for the first time in Wuppertal in 1958. In 1948 he became assistant at the Deutscher Theater in Konstanz
Alfred Schnittke was a Soviet and German composer. Schnittkes early music shows the influence of Dmitri Shostakovich. He developed a technique in works such as the epic Symphony No.1. As his health deteriorated, Schnittkes music started to abandon much of the extroversion of his polystylism and retreated into a more withdrawn, Schnittkes father, Harry Viktorovich Schnittke, was Jewish and born in Frankfurt. He moved to the Soviet Union in 1927 and worked as a journalist and his mother, Maria Iosifovna Schnittke, was a Volga German born in Russia. Schnittkes paternal grandmother, Tea Abramovna Katz, was a philologist, alfred Schnittke was born in Engels in the Volga-German Republic of the Russian SFSR. He began his education in 1946 in Vienna, where his father had been posted. It was in Vienna, Schnittkes biographer Alexander Ivashkin writes, where he fell in love with music which is part of life, part of history and culture, Schnittkes experience in Vienna gave him a certain spiritual experience and discipline for his future professional activities.
It was Mozart and Schubert, not Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, whom he kept in mind as a point in terms of taste, manner. This reference point was essentially Classical, in 1948, the family moved to Moscow. Schnittke completed his work in composition at the Moscow Conservatory in 1961. Evgeny Golubev was one of his composition teachers, thereafter, he earned his living chiefly by composing film scores, producing nearly 70 scores in 30 years. Schnittke converted to Christianity and possessed deeply held beliefs, which influenced his music. Schnittke and his music were often viewed suspiciously by the Soviet bureaucracy and his First Symphony was effectively banned by the Composers Union. After he abstained from a Composers Union vote in 1980, he was banned from travelling outside of the USSR, in 1985, Schnittke suffered a stroke that left him in a coma. He was declared dead on several occasions, but recovered and continued to compose. In 1990, Schnittke left the Soviet Union and settled in Hamburg and he suffered several more strokes before his death on August 3,1998, in Hamburg, at the age of 63.
He was buried, with honors, at the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow
Postmodernism describes a broad movement that developed in the mid to late 20th century across philosophy, the arts and criticism which marked a departure from modernism. Accordingly, postmodern thought is characterized by tendencies to epistemological and moral relativism, irreverence. The term postmodernism has been applied both to the era following modernity, and to a host of movements within that era that reacted against tendencies in modernism. Postmodernism includes skeptical critical interpretations of culture, art, history, economics, fiction, feminist theory, and literary criticism. Postmodernism is often associated with schools of such as deconstruction and post-structuralism, as well as philosophers such as Jean-François Lyotard. The term postmodern was first used around the 1880s, John Watkins Chapman suggested a Postmodern style of painting as a way to depart from French Impressionism. In 1921 and 1925, postmodernism had been used to new forms of art. In 1942 H. R. Hays described it as a new literary form, however, as a general theory for a historical movement it was first used in 1939 by Arnold J.
Toynbee, Our own Post-Modern Age has been inaugurated by the general war of 1914–1918. Peter Drucker suggested the transformation into a post modern world happened between 1937 and 1957, post-structuralism resulted similarly to postmodernism by following a time of structuralism. It is characterized by new ways of thinking through structuralism, contrary to the original form, postmodernist describes part of a movement, Postmodern places it in the period of time since the 1950s, making it a part of contemporary history. Martin Heidegger rejected the philosophical basis of the concepts of subjectivity and objectivity, instead of resisting the admission of this paradox in the search for understanding, Heidegger requires that we embrace it through an active process of elucidation he called the hermeneutic circle. He stressed the historicity and cultural construction of concepts while simultaneously advocating the necessity of an atemporal, in this latter premise, Heidegger shares an affinity with the late Romantic philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, another principal forerunner of post-structuralist and postmodernist thought.
Instead, Foucault focused on the ways in which such constructs can foster cultural hegemony and his writings have had a major influence on the larger body of postmodern academic literature. These metanarratives still remain in Western society but are now being undermined by rapid Informatization, Richard Rorty argues in Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature that contemporary analytic philosophy mistakenly imitates scientific methods. For Baudrillard, “simulation is no longer that of a territory and it is the generation by models of a real without origin or a reality, a hyperreal. In Analysis of the Journey, a journal birthed from postmodernism, Douglas Kellner insists that the assumptions and his terms defined in the depth of postmodernism are based on advancement and adaptation. Extensively, Kellner analyzes the terms of theory in real-life experiences and examples. Kellner used science and technology studies as a part of his analysis
Peter Maxwell Davies
Sir Peter Maxwell Davies CH CBE was an English composer and conductor. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queens Music and his compositions include eight works for the stage, from the monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, which shocked the audience in 1969, to Kommilitonen. He wrote ten symphonies, the first from 1973–76, the tenth in 2013, as a conductor, he was Artistic Director of the Dartington International Summer School from 1979 to 1984. From 1992 to 2002 he was associate conductor/composer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Davies was born in Salford, the son of Thomas and Hilda Davies. At age four, after being taken to a performance of Gilbert and Sullivans The Gondoliers and he took piano lessons and composed from an early age. As a 14-year-old, he submitted a composition called Blue Ice to the radio programme Childrens Hour in Manchester, BBC producer Trevor Hill showed it to resident singer and entertainer Violet Carson, who said, Hes either quite brilliant or mad. Conductor Charles Groves nodded his approval and said, Id get him in, Daviess rise to fame began under the careful mentorship of Hill, who made him the programmes resident composer and introduced him to various professional musicians both in the UK and Germany.
Together they formed New Music Manchester, a committed to contemporary music. After graduating in 1956, he studied on an Italian government scholarship for a year with Goffredo Petrassi in Rome, in 1959, Davies became Director of Music at Cirencester Grammar School. He left in 1962 after securing a Harkness Fellowship at Princeton University, there he studied with Roger Sessions, Milton Babbitt and he moved to Australia, where he was Composer in Residence at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, University of Adelaide, 1965–66. In 1966 Davies returned to the United Kingdom and moved to the Orkney Islands, initially to Hoy in 1971, Orkney hosts the St Magnus Festival, an arts festival founded by Davies in 1977. He frequently used the festival to new works. Davies was Artistic Director of the Dartington International Summer School from 1979 to 1984, in 2000 Davies was Artist in Residence at the Barossa Music Festival when he presented some of his music theatre works and worked with students from the Barossa Spring Academy.
Davies is Composer Laureate of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, for whom he wrote a series of ten Strathclyde Concertos and he was awarded a number of honorary doctorates, including Honorary Doctor of Music from Oxford University in July 2005. He had been President of Making Music since 1989, Davies was made a CBE in 1981 and knighted in 1987. He was appointed Master of the Queens Music in March 2004 but, in a break from the tradition of lifetime tenure and he was made a Freeman of the City of Salford August 2004. On 25 November 2006, he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University at a service in Canterbury Cathedral and he was Visiting Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music, and in 2009 became an Honorary Fellow of Homerton College, Cambridge. Davies received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2002 Davies was one of the first classical composers to open a music download website, the site became temporarily unavailable after the arrest in June 2007 of Michael Arnold on fraud charges arising from money missing from Daviess business accounts
International Standard Book Number
The International Standard Book Number is a unique numeric commercial book identifier. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an e-book, a paperback and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, the method of assigning an ISBN is nation-based and varies from country to country, often depending on how large the publishing industry is within a country. The initial ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 based upon the 9-digit Standard Book Numbering created in 1966, the 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108. Occasionally, a book may appear without a printed ISBN if it is printed privately or the author does not follow the usual ISBN procedure, this can be rectified later. Another identifier, the International Standard Serial Number, identifies periodical publications such as magazines, the ISBN configuration of recognition was generated in 1967 in the United Kingdom by David Whitaker and in 1968 in the US by Emery Koltay.
The 10-digit ISBN format was developed by the International Organization for Standardization and was published in 1970 as international standard ISO2108, the United Kingdom continued to use the 9-digit SBN code until 1974. The ISO on-line facility only refers back to 1978, an SBN may be converted to an ISBN by prefixing the digit 0. For example, the edition of Mr. J. G. Reeder Returns, published by Hodder in 1965, has SBN340013818 -340 indicating the publisher,01381 their serial number. This can be converted to ISBN 0-340-01381-8, the check digit does not need to be re-calculated, since 1 January 2007, ISBNs have contained 13 digits, a format that is compatible with Bookland European Article Number EAN-13s. An ISBN is assigned to each edition and variation of a book, for example, an ebook, a paperback, and a hardcover edition of the same book would each have a different ISBN. The ISBN is 13 digits long if assigned on or after 1 January 2007, a 13-digit ISBN can be separated into its parts, and when this is done it is customary to separate the parts with hyphens or spaces.
Separating the parts of a 10-digit ISBN is done with either hyphens or spaces, figuring out how to correctly separate a given ISBN number is complicated, because most of the parts do not use a fixed number of digits. ISBN issuance is country-specific, in that ISBNs are issued by the ISBN registration agency that is responsible for country or territory regardless of the publication language. Some ISBN registration agencies are based in national libraries or within ministries of culture, in other cases, the ISBN registration service is provided by organisations such as bibliographic data providers that are not government funded. In Canada, ISBNs are issued at no cost with the purpose of encouraging Canadian culture. In the United Kingdom, United States, and some countries, where the service is provided by non-government-funded organisations. Australia, ISBNs are issued by the library services agency Thorpe-Bowker
He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as one of our most important composers and he attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987, and Naked City in 1989. After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US he made New York his permanent base and established his own label, Tzadik. Zorn has undertaken tours of Europe and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians. Zorns compositions cross many genres and he has stated All the various styles are organically connected to one another, im an additive person—the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they cant see the connections, for Zorn Composing is more than just imagining music—its knowing how to communicate it to musicians. And you dont give a music thats completely written out. Im interested in speaking to musicians in their own languages, on their own terms, to challenge them and excite them.
John Zorn was born in New York City and learned piano, guitar and he attended the United Nations International School from kindergarten to high school associating with school friends from many different cultures. Zorn spent his teenage years exploring classical music, film music, Zorn acquired an interest in experimental and avant-garde music after buying a record by Mauricio Kagel in 1968 at the age of fifteen. He taught himself orchestration and counterpoint by transcribing scores and studied composition under Leonardo Balada, Zorn immersed himself in the underground art scene, assisting Jack Smith with his performances and attending plays by Richard Foreman. Zorns early major compositions included several game pieces described as complex systems harnessing improvisers in flexible compositional formats and these compositions involved strict rules, role playing, prompters with flashcards, all in the name of melding structure and improvisation in a seamless fashion. His most enduring game piece is Cobra, composed in 1984 and first released on album in 1987 and in subsequent versions in 1992,1994 and 2002, and revisited in performance many times.
Zorns first solo recordings were originally released in two volumes as The Classic Guide to Strategy in 1983 and 1986 on the Lumina label. Ganryu Island featured a series of duets by Zorn with Satoh Michihiro on shamisen, Zorn has subsequently released these recordings as CDs on Tzadik making them more widely available than the original vinyl pressings. The Big Gundown was endorsed by Morricone, who is quoted as saying, This is a record that has fresh, good and it is realization on a high level, a work done by a maestro with great science-fantasy and creativity. Many people have done versions of my pieces, but no one has done them like this and this method of combining composition and improvisation involved Zorn writing descriptions or ideas on file-cards and arranging them to form the piece. Zorn described the process in 2003, I write in moments, in disparate sound blocks, if you move too fast, people tend to stop hearing the individual moments as complete in themselves and more as elements of a sort of cloud effect