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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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Among Friends, in a Private World

Among Friends, in a Private World

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Christian Wolff

Michael Hicks

Christian Asplund

University of Illinois Press

This chapter contains some final reflections on Wolff. At present Wolff is the last surviving member of the so-called New York School of composers, and how he contends with this “survival” even as he continues to defy easy definitions of his musical oeuvre. The chapter also discusses the numerous challenges and accolades he received during this period, as well as his continued efforts to compose and to improvise. Yet it also considers a strain of organicism in Wolff's later works—however tenuous—and there are certain themes that also emerge during this latter period which this chapter briefly dwells on. The chapter concludes with further remarks on Wolff's survival and preoccupations as a musician.

Keywords:   Christian Wolff, composers, survival, endings, life, later works, music

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