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A text in mind Gordon Kerry’s works often take their titles from literature. He talks here to Gordon Williams.

  • by Gordon Williams
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GW: Let's talk about literature as a basis for your music.

GK: It struck me when I started composing music that pre-existing forms, such as sonata form, require a certain type of tonal grammar and syntax. Until the mid-19th century that was the basis for a kind of common language in classical music. It ceased to be the case when the possibilities of style and form became so prolific later in that century. Then in the 20th century you had composers of the Second Viennese School writing 12-note music, and people like Stravinsky writing 'modal' music like The Rite of Spring ...


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