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Essay from The Third Mind, American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989: Asian Structures in Modern Composition: Music and Philosophy
Essay from The Third Mind, American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989: Asian Structures in Modern Composition: Music and Philosophy
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David Patterson

David W. Patterson's essay examines the influence of Asian practices and philosophies on American modern and contemporary musical compositions. Looking to musicians such as John Cage, John Coltrane, Henry Eichheim, and Steve Reich as examples, Patterson highlights the importance of traditional Asian instruments, cultures, and scores that have provided inspiration for music as we know it today.

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