By Robin Maconie
Gertrude Stein and thinker Alfred North Whitehead have been not going neighbors who spent so much in their mature lives in exile: Stein in France and Whitehead within the usa. Their friendship was once in keeping with a mutual admiration for the philosophical pragmatism of William James and skepticism towards the eu culture of highbrow abstraction extending way back to Plato and Aristotle. notwithstanding neither was once musical, either have been best exponents of a brand new orientation towards time and data acquisition that may move directly to impact succeeding generations of composers. via Virgil Thomson, Stein got here to steer John Cage and the hot York college of summary tune; via his instructing within the usa, Whitehead’s philosophy of time and cognition got here to be noticeable in the USA and in another country instead to Newtonian neoclassicism, another basically stated within the metric modulations of Elliott Carter and Conlon Nancarrow in addition to the post-1950 overall serialism of Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
The likely not likely impact of Stein and Whitehead on Thomson, Cage, Carter, and the minimalists tells a outstanding tale of transmission inside of and one of the arts and philosophy, person who Robin Maconie unravels via his sequence of essays in Avant Garde: An American Odyssey from Gertrude Stein to Pierre Boulez. Maconie explores, from Hollywood to Harvard, the way song features as a kind of communique around the barriers of language, serving the factors of alternate and international relations via its illustration of nationwide id, emotional personality, honorable goal, and social self-discipline. The learn of song as a language unavoidably turned the item of knowledge technology after global struggle II, yet, as Maconie notes, 60 years on, music’s refusal to yield to medical elucidation has generated a movement of anti-music propaganda through a robust collective of famous person technology writers. In a chain of associated essays, Stockhausen professional Robin Maconie reconsiders the function of track and track expertise via cautious exam of key smooth strategies with recognize to time, lifestyles, identification, and courting as formulated by means of such thinkers as Einstein, Russell, Whitehead, and Stein, besides Freud, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and Marcel Duchamp.
This foray into artwork, track, technological know-how, and philosophy is very best for college kids and students of those disciplines, in addition to these trying to comprehend extra deeply the impact those contributors had on one another’s paintings and smooth track.
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Strategies of encyclopaedism 35 their names easy to pronounce’ (populorum pauca eVatu digna aut facilia nomina). 61 at once the foster-child and parent of all other lands (omnium terrarum alumna eadem et parens), Italy was chosen by the divine inspiration of the gods to make heaven itself yet more glorious, to unite scattered empires, to make customs more gentle, and through the sharing of a common language, to draw together in conversation the discordant and wild tongues of so many nations (tot populorum discordes ferasque linguas sermonis commercio contraheret ad colloquia), to bestow civilization on mankind.
36, the very process of listing is equated with conquest. Inland, the colonies are: Arelate, where the sixth legion is stationed; Baeterrae, station of the seventh legion; . . The towns with Latin rights are: Aquae Sestiae, home of the Salluvii; Avennio, home of the Cavares; . . There are nineteen towns of little importance (oppida vero ignobilia), as well as twenty-four paying tribute to the people of Nemausus. The emperor Galba added two Alpine tribes to the list (adiecit formulae Galba imperator)—the Avantici and the Bodiontici, whose town is Dinia.
11). On Pliny’s classiWcation of animals see L. Bodson, ‘Aspects of Pliny’s Zoology’, in French/Greenaway, Roman Science, 98–110 at 100–4. On his classiWcation of plants see A. G. Morton, ‘Pliny on Plants: His Place in the History of Botany’, in French/Greenaway, Roman Science, 86–97. strategies of encyclopaedism 27 both the means by which Pliny appears to present a complete picture of the universe, and negotiates the paradoxical necessity to exclude things in order to report the universe in its entirety.