Identity and Diversity in New Music
The New Complexities
Identity and Diversity in New Music: The New Complexities aims to enrich the discussion of how musicians and educators can best engage with audiences, by addressing issues of diversity and identity which have played a vital role in the reception of new music, but have been little-considered to date. Marilyn Nonken's forthcoming book is the first in the series CMS Emerging Fields in Music.
Marilyn Nonken offers an innovative theoretical approach that considers how the environments surrounding new music performances influence listeners’ experiences, drawing on work in ecological psychology. Using four case studies of influential new music ensembles from across the twentieth century, she considers how diversity arises in the musical environment, its impact on artists and creativity, and the events and engagement it makes possible. Ultimately, she connects theory to practice with suggestions for how musicians and educators can make innovative music environments inclusive.
The Spectral Piano
From Liszt, Scriabin, and Debussy to the Digital Age
"Marilyn Nonken's new book on spectral music for the piano is a screaming success … Few books can boast as much, and it is gratifying to encounter an international concert performer who can make so engaging a discourse around her core repertoire."
Bob Gilmore, Tempo
"Marilyn Nonken belongs to a generation of new music performers who bring subtlety, nuance and even humour to complex music; hers is the leading recording of the piano music of Tristan Murail, who is one of the composers featured in her new book ....What is particularly welcome is that here is a scholar whose writing carries particular authority, based as it is on her experience of understanding and communicating the music as its performer."
Peter Hill, University of Sheffield
"Nonken brings to bear both her extensive knowledge of piano literature as an estimable performer of both contemporary and earlier works, as well as an impressive scholarly acumen. The result is a volume that will cause much rethinking of traditional piano music and exposure to a new and vital repertoire. Now that the book has been made available in paperback, it is a must-have for the libraries of composers and pianists."
Christian Carey, Sequenza 21