Have Pig Want Gun #3
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Have Pig Want Gun is an occasional newsletter from Frog Peak Music (a composers' collective), with announcements of new items from Frog Peak and writings by Frog Peak artists. Please send us an email if you no longer wish to receive this posting. [See explanation of title at the end.]

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PEAK PICKS
-- New Music by James Tenney
-- New CD from the American Gamelan Institute
-- Spotlights

FROG SPEAK
RUNNING WITH THE PITCH: How to books
by David Mahler
           
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          TENNEY SCORES
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These are some of the new scores  by fp member James Tenney. For a complete listing , see the Tenney artist page at http://www.frogpeak.org

To Weave (a meditation). For piano. Ten39. $15.
Seegersong #1. For solo clarinet or bass clarinet. Ten40. $15.
Seegersong #2. For solo flute or alto flute. Ten41. $15.
Last Spring in Toronto. For small orchestra and gamelan. Ten42. $25.
Harmonium #7. For any 12 or more sustaining instruments. Ten44. $25.
Spectrum 1. For seven instruments. Ten45. $15.
Spectrum 8. For viola and six instruments. Ten51. $15.

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NEW CD FROM THE AMERICAN GAMELAN INSTITUTE
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Rahayu Supanggah: Homage to Tradition CD.AGI01. $20.
Indonesian Composer Series #1
Supanggah is recognized as a pioneer and major activist in the development of Indonesian experimental music. These pieces, composed between 1979 and 2001, are new music grounded in traditional resources.  The Indonesian Composer Series, curated by Jody Diamond, is only available here!

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SPOTLIGHTS
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BOOK
Elaine Barkin. _e: an anthology_
Subtitled "music texts and graphics from 1975-1995, this perfect bound volume presents reviews, poems, scores and other musical musings from a activist composer and thinker, including articles from _Perspectives in New Music_. With an endpaper by Benjamin Boretz. $10.

CD
Blow, by Anne La Berge.
This adventurous composer/performer, based in Amsterdam, takes her instrument where no flute has gone before. Percussionists, beware! $15.

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FROG SPEAK
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RUNNING WITH THE PITCH: How to Books
by David Mahler

"Writing a poem is easy, like swimming into a fish trap. Analyzing a poem is hard, like swimming out of a fish trap."
--- from _You Must Revise Your Life_, by William Stafford

"I welcome anything that comes along. I don't have any standards. . . . I am not trying to contend for a place in magazines or in books. I'm just letting my attention flow where it wants to flow."
--- from _Crossing Unmarked Snow_, by William Stafford

"How-to books: the field of writing is covered with them. Poet William Stafford's two books quoted above stand alongside his _Writing the Australian Crawl_, and rub shoulders with Brenda Ueland's   _If You Want to Write_, Annie Dillard's _The Writing Life_, Richard Hugo's _The Triggering Town_, and the recently published Theodore Roethke book, _On Poetry & Craft_. Shelves of similar treatises share the working ideas of other poets, novelists, essayists.

Music books about the "how to" of composition are few. More than enough titles exist about the language of music  its vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and analysis ("swimming out of the fish trap"). There are likely reasons for the paucity of helpful books about composition:
-- the language we use is so specialized. (Writers at least have common alphabets & words, used and understood by writers and readers alike.)
-- so much about composing is intuitive.
-- we all have our compositional "secrets" and our proprietary nature takes over.
-- it's so time consuming to compose music; there's no time left over to talk or write about it.
Most books on music -- covering harmony, counterpoint, theory, analysis, notation -- are about naming the parts of a sonic flying machine. Fortunately there are a few books --  Lou Harrison's _Music Primer_, Pauline Oliveros' _Software for People_, Morton Feldman's _Essays_, Steve Reich's _Writings About Music_, and Alvin Lucier's _Chambers_.  that actually help music get off the ground and soar.

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