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Title: Explosions in November
Sub-title: The first 33 years of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
By (author): Professor Richard Steinitz
ISBN10-13: 1862180997 : 9781862180994
Illustrations: 230 colour & 50 b/w illus
Format: Paperback
Size: 295x230mm
Pages: 308
Weight: 1.465 Kg.
Published: University of Huddersfield Press - November   2011
List Price: 30.00 Pounds Sterling
Availability: In Stock   Qty Available: 34
Subjects: Pageants, parades, festivals : Music
Explosions in November tells the story of one of Europe’s leading cultural institutions, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (hcmf), through the eyes of its founder and former artistic director, Professor Richard Steinitz. From its modest beginnings in 1978, when winter fog nearly sabotaged the inaugural programme, to today’s internationally renowned event, hcmf has been a pioneering champion of the best in contemporary music.Now Richard Steinitz brings his insider view on the people behind the festival and how they made each year a success. He recalls his encounters with some true giants of music, including Boulez, Berio, Cage, Ligeti, Stockhausen and Xenakis. Discover how the author survived mushroom-hunting with John Cage, how the festival engineered a historic reconciliation between Cage and Pierre Boulez and how a ceiling fitting nearly brought Stockhausen’s career to a premature end. It is a compelling, inspiring and often entertaining story. Explosions in November reveals the full picture of a festival that continues to surprise, delight and provoke its audiences to this day.
Table of Contents:
Preface vi, 1 Background 1, 2 The first festivals 9, 3 Expansion 27, 4 Orchestras 37, 5 Ensembles and soloists 51, 6 The shock of the new 85, 7 Composers 91, 8 Premiers and commissions 141, 9 The festival in the 1990s 147, 10 Venues 169, 11 Other spaces, other media 189, 12 Education and outreach 209, 13 The University and the music department 231, 14 Marketing and audiences 239, 15 Partnerships and management 251, 16 The new millennium 278, Endnotes 278, Appendices 283, Index 293
About The Author:
Richard Steinitz is the founder and former artistic director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
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