Musings gathers together the essays, speeches, liner tes, dictionary entries, and magazine articles of Gunther Schuller, one of the most important musical figures of the century. The writings in this collection cover such artists as Paul Whiteman, Duke Ellington, Cecil Taylor, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sarah Vaughan, Gil Evans. Schuller also writes about such topics as the Third Stream, the art of conducting, the future of opera, and the need for broadening the audience for quality music. A marvellous introduction to the man and his experience, taste and erudition, Musings is essential reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century music.
Gunther Schuller is a conductor, composer, scholar, educator, writer, and music publisher. He is the author of several books on music, including Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development, The Swing Era: The Development of Jazz, and The Compleat Conductor. He lives in Massachusetts.