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Arcana: Musicians on Music

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Sep 24, Adam rated it liked it.

zor View all 3 comments. Arcana III is the third groundbreaking collection of critical writings on avant-garde and experimental music put together by editor and experimental music legend John Zorn.

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This is musicians writing about music. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Luke Page rated it it was amazing Jan 17, There were some essays that were enjoyable, some that were informative, but, as a whole, I really don’t understand the purpose of the book.


Some of these essays are not technically well written nor do they try to be. His compositions rank amongst the most profound musical experiences I have ever had. Gregoire rated it liked it Feb 25, Mark Gallay rated it it was amazing Oct 22, Very good so far.

Some musicians write really well and some really don’t. Others were frustratingly un-written. George arcanz it liked it Jul 09, Preview — Iohn by John Zorn.

Arcana VIII – Musicians on Music

sorn Thanks for telling us about the problem. Alexander rated it liked it Jun 03, His ability to blur genre lines, and also his contribution to each genre is unparalleled in John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.

Published January 2nd by “Granary Books” first published July 1st These texts are for the seriously deranged opponent of conformity. Matt rated it really liked it Jan 24, John Zorn is not that well known by your average music listener.

johh I am usually all for diversity, but you get the impression that some of these people would have never even of picked up a pen if Zorn hadn’t persuaded them to do it, which is a shame because some of the bits in here are really interesting.


Andrew Anderson rated it really liked it Nov 12, No trivia or quizzes yet. Sam Gill rated it it was amazing Jul 18, Jul 07, John marked it as to-read Shelves: Grand rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Definitely contains some worthwhile gems, but Zorn’s seemingly hands-off editing approach has resulted in a pretty scattershot collection.

It’s meticulous, it’s dry, it brought a tear to my eye.

Each musician is given the space to discuss and illuminate their thoughts on music. Some are genuinely interesting, some dry and technical, some painfully pedantic, and some just kind of dumb.

I don’t know what I was expecting, really. Some pages are actual hand-written scores from the musicians involved in the book, showing examples of their non-conformist approach to composing.