Tuesday, March 16, 2010

(Belated) Happy Birthday Ben Johnston

There aren't many words here at the moment (thank god, I hear you say), but I should put a few up to note the 84th birthday of Ben Johnston, one of the best composer's you've probably never heard of, yesterday. Kyle Gann posts a wonderful tribute to his teacher here.

I've never met Johnston, and almost certainly never will, but nevertheless finding his music has, as Kyle Gann puts it in the linked post, opened a door onto a new universe for me. I'm still finding my way round his notation system, but until I get round to blogging about that you'd be well advised to start here. And this book's worth getting hold of, too.

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