Arcana has ratings and 12 reviews. Gåry! said: It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye. These texts are for the seriously deranged opp. ARCANA edited by John Zorn. ISBN: paper: $ Preface by John Zorn READ >> Press: comments by Steve Reich and Meridith Monk READ >>. Results 1 – 30 of 53 Arcana by Zorn, John and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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Musicians on Music Edited by John Zorn. Open Preview See a Problem? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in my opinion, and anyone truly passionate about music should take the long and winding road through the Tzadik catalogue. Jun 18, David Scott rated it really liked it Shelves: Answering a need for critical attention towards experimental and avant-garde music, Arcana is a jphn work–as far-ranging and dynamic zonr the current generation of musicians.

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arczna The essays work at different purposes. Through manifestos, scores, interviews, notes and critical papers, contributors to this in-depth anthology address composing, playing, improvising, teaching, and thinking in and through music. This book should have been a perfect fit for me, but in actuality reading it was a mixed pleasure. The writings vary wildly in style and quality.

Musicians on Musicavant-garde composer and saxophone player John Zorn wrote: Want to Read saving…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Thanks for telling us about the problem. One of the most useful parts of the book is the Recommended Listening section at the end.


Each musician is given the space to discuss and illuminate their thoughts on music.

Mark Gallay rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Musicians on Music John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series, now in its seventh installment, is a major source on arcanz music theory and practice in the twenty-first century. There were some essays that were enjoyable, some that were informative, but, as a whole, I really don’t understand the purpose of the book.

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Sam Gill rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Andrew Anderson rated it really liked it Zzorn 12, John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.

Texts by Yamataka Eye, J. Each essay is unique and propels you into the subconscious of the writer. That said, he is a genius and a major influence on a diverse array of musicians from classical, through to metal.

In his preface to the first Arcana: Mar 19, Charlie rated it liked it. For centuries musicians have tapped into mysticism, magic and alchemy, embracing ritual, spell, incantation and prayer, and experimenting with esoteric approaches to harmony, pitch and vibration.

Now in its fourth installment, with a fifth in preparation, John Zorn’s acclaimed Arcana series provides insight into the work and methodologies of some of the most creative musical minds of our time.

For avant-garde musicians, though, this is the Bible, the Holy Grail, the introduction to the secret society of the forward-thinking composers of our time. Arcanw this as a non-musician attuned my ear and mind in new ways to music. His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.


Roberto rated it liked it Dec 15, Jan 23, Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: I had very different expectations for this book, and I had for years. Musicians on Music Edited and with preface by John Zorn. Published January 2nd by “Granary Books” first published July 1st Not for students learning to play the violin to satisfy their parents.

Arcana: Musicians on Music by John Zorn

Some musicians write really well and some really don’t. For reproduction permissions, contact the copyright holders. Unless you can read music and have a like for long, drawn out texts explaining the tiniest nuances of sound and performance, this book is not for you.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Each author contributes something completely different. Arcana III is the third groundbreaking collection of critical writings on avant-garde and experimental music put together by editor and experimental zorm legend John Zorn. New Bestsellers Trade Academic D.

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