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Michael Hicks and Christian Asplund

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037061

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037061.001.0001

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Not to Do Something I’ve Already Done: 1982–1999

Not to Do Something I’ve Already Done: 1982–1999

(p.70) 6 Not to Do Something I’ve Already Done: 1982–1999
Christian Wolff

Michael Hicks

Christian Asplund

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at what is arguably Wolff's last style period, which encompassed a large body of pieces for diverse players, from solos (from flute to contrabass) to works for chamber groups of many sizes and combinations, though almost no “standard” ensembles. What defined the style of this large body of works was perhaps its most important—if seemingly superficial—trait: almost every score differs in its design and layout from every other. One finds in Wolff's late style a seemingly endless nonredundancy, an avid attempt to keep remixing notational styles and instructions. In addition, the chapter turns to the other, more recent developments in Wolff's personal life, such as the deaths of Cage and Tudor.

Keywords:   John Cage, David Tudor, nonredundancy, remixes, musical style

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