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Encyclopedia > Kyle Gann

Kyle Gann (born November 21 1955) is a composer and music critic born in Dallas, Texas. As a critic for The Village Voice and other publications he is a supporter of progressive music including such Downtown movements as postminimalism and totalism. As a composer his works fall generally into three categories: 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Aerial view of Dallas Nickname: Big D Motto: {{{motto}}} Official website: www. ... ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... Downtown music is a major subdivision of American music. ... Postminimalism is a term used in music referring to music influenced by so called minimalism or minimal music. ... Totalism In music, Totalism is some peoples term for a style of music that arose in the 1980s and 90s as a developing response to minimalism - parallel to postminimalism, but generally among a slightly younger generation, born in the 1950s. ...

  • works in just intonation, involving electronics;
  • rhythmically complex works for Disklavier (computer-driven acoustic piano); and
  • piano and ensemble music whose rhythmic complexity tends to be milder and within a single tempo framework.

Raised in a musical family, Gann began composing at the age of 13. He attended Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he obtained a B.Mus. in 1977 and Northwestern University where he received his M.Mus. in 1981 and then his D.Mus. in 1983. He studied composition primarily with Ben Johnston and Peter Gena, and briefly with Morton Feldman. In 1981-82 he worked for the New Music America festival, and afterward gained experience as a journalist at the Chicago Reader, Tribune, and Sun-Times. He was hired at The Village Voice in 1986, and taught part-time at Bucknell University from 1989 to 1997. Since 1997 he has taught music theory, history, and composition at Bard College in upstate New York. Just intonation is any musical tuning in which the frequencies of notes are related by whole number ratios. ... The trade name Disklavier (DISC-lah-veer) refers to a family of piano-related products [1] originated and continuously manufactured by Yamaha Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, with branches and subsidiaries worldwide. ... Musician entering the Oberlin Conservatory The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, located in Oberlin, Ohio, was founded in 1865 and is the nations oldest continuously operating conservatory. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... Northwestern University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university, located in Evanston, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Benjamin Burwell Johnston, Junior (born March 15, 1926 in Macon, Georgia) is one of the best known composers writing in the just intonation system. ... Morton Feldman (born January 12, 1926, died September 3, 1987) was an American composer. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... The Chicago Reader is an alternative newsweekly in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Chicago Tribune, formerly self-styled as the Worlds Greatest Newspaper, remains one of the principal daily newspapers of the midwestern United States. ... New Chicago Sun-Times building located at 350 N. Orleans St. ... The Village Voice is a New York City-based weekly newspaper featuring investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts reviews and events listings for New York City. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bucknell University is a highly competitive university located along the Susquehanna River in the rolling countryside of Central Pennsylvania in the town of Lewisburg, 60 miles (97 km) north of Harrisburg. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bard College For other meanings of the word Bard, see Bard (disambiguation). ... Upstate New York is the region of New York State outside of the core of the New York metropolitan area. ...


Gann's books include:

American Music in the 20th century, ISBN 002864655X
The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, ISBN 0521465346
Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice, ISBN 0-520-22982-7

Conlon Nancarrow (October 27, 1912 - August 10, 1997) was an American composer who took Mexican citizenship in 1955. ...

Major Works

  • As the Day Is Long (Revisited) for flute, clarinet, keyboard sampler, synthesizer, and fretless bass (2005)
  • Unquiet Night for Disklavier (computer-driven acoustic piano) (2004)
  • Private Dances for piano (2000/04)
  • The Watermelon Cargo, microtonal chamber opera for six singers, three synthesizers, flute, fretless bass, and drummer (2002-3)
  • Cinderella's Bad Magic, microtonal chamber opera for six singers, three synthesizers, flute, and fretless bass (2001-2)
  • Transcendental Sonnets for chorus and orchestra (2001-2)
  • The Planets (Sun, Moon, Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Neptune so far) for flute, oboe, alto saxophone, bassoon, viola, contrabass, synthesizer, and percussion (1994-2001)
  • Hovenweep for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello (2000)
  • Time Does Not Exist for piano (2000)
  • "Last Chance" Sonata for clarinet and piano (1999)
  • Custer and Sitting Bull for speaker, synthesizer, and soundfile (1996-99)
  • The Disappearance of All Holy Things from this Once So Promising World for orchestra (1998)
  • Snake Dance No. 2 for five percussionists (1994)
  • Desert Sonata for piano (1994)
  • I'itoi Variations for two pianos (1985)
  • Long Night for three pianos (1980-81)

The trade name Disklavier (DISC-lah-veer) refers to a family of piano-related products [1] originated and continuously manufactured by Yamaha Corporation, based in Hamamatsu, Japan, with branches and subsidiaries worldwide. ...

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Since 1986, composer/author Kyle Gann has been one of the few people dealing with a complex labour from his columns in The Village Voice continuing the tradition of another composer/writer, Tom Johnson.
Gann has been capable of writing about most experimental and new music formats in a simple but authoritative style.
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