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October 8 , 2010

Der blaue Klang, and other ECM books

“Der Blaue Klang” is a new book about ECM, published by Wolke Verlag. Subtitled “Music, Literatur, Tonspüren: Der Wirkunskreis von ECM und der europäisch-amerikanische Musikdialog” [“Music, literature, film, soundtracks: ECM’s sphere of influence and European-American musical discourse”], the book is edited by Rainer Kern, Hans-Jürgen Linke and Wolfgang Sandner. A major part of the text derives from a symposium at ECM’s 40th anniversary event at Mannheim University last year, in the context of the Enjoy Jazz festival. Speakers included Thomas Steinfeld, Wolfgang Sandner, John Kelman, Fiona Talkington, Francesco Martinelli, Herbert Hellhund, Susanne Binas-Preuisendörfer, and their contributions are incorporated here. There are also texts by Heiner Goebbels, Peter Kemper, and Laurent Jullier, as well as an interview with Bruno Ganz, and an ECM timeline. On sale now in the bookshops of Germany, “Der blaue Klang” can also be purchased from the ECM web shop here. The hardcover book has 156 pages in 21 x 21 cm format, and has colour and black-and-white illustrations. Text is German. Wolke Verlag’s synopsis can be read here.

A reminder. “Tabula rasa” the CD plus book edition of Arvo Pärt’s epochal ECM debut is available now. The book includes previously unpublished facsimile manuscripts in Pärt’s hand as well as study scores of “Tabula rasa”, “Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten”, and “Fratres” in versions for violin/piano and 12 cellos – all the pieces that comprised the now-legendary “Tabula rasa” album. The present edition, a collaboration between ECM and Universal Edition, also has original liner notes and photos and a new introduction by Paul Griffiths. CD plus hard cover book Format 170 x 240 x 24 mm. 208 pages. Texts English and German. Buy here.


Also available: “Simple Music for Piano” by Giya Kancheli. This is the book alluded to in the title of the new Kancheli album, “Themes from the Songbook”, reprising melodies written over a long period, some dating back to the 1960s and 70s. From the composer’s foreword: “While dedicating myself to symphonic and chamber music, I simultaneously wrote music for the stage and screen. No wonder, then, that certain themes originally intended for plays and films made their way into my larger works or that the large forms themselves sometimes contained episodes reminiscent of incidental music... I have decided to revive some lost fragments in this collection of miniatures.” The songbook was first published in Georgian and Russian editions in 2009. As well as the scores, the book incorporates short texts by Kancheli’s friends and collaborators including film directors Georgi Danelia and Eldar Shengelaia, theatre director Robert Sturua and painter/writer/director Revaz Gabriadze, whose drawings are scattered through the book.

The international ECM bookshelf continues to expand. In a few weeks time, the ECM web shop will also be able to supply copies of the Japanese ECM Catalog edited by Kenny Inaoka and published by Kawade Shobo Shinsha. This nearly 700 page handbook features covers of ECM and Japo albums from the beginning of the labels’ history with discographical details. More info soon.

Already available, in both English and German editions, Lars Müller’s overview of ECM cover art “Windfall Light” / “ Der Wind, das Licht”, and “ Horizons Touched”, Granta Books’ survey of the full range of ECM activity.

For more information on ECM-related publications, browse the Books page of this site.