"Kyle Gann's brilliant and authoritative study....Gann's study convincingly defines the field of inquiry for a composer whose full stature is only now becomming clear." Philip Rupprecht, I.S.A.M. Newsletter
Conlon Nancarrow has written the most rhythmically complex music the world has ever known, so complex that it can only be realised on a mechanical player piano. Yet Nancarrow's whirlwinds of notes, sometimes as many as 80 per second are jazzy and infectiously joyous. The music he composed in almost complete isolation from 1940 has achieved international fame only recently, and this is the first book detailing his life and compositional achievements. It includes analysis of 65 works and previously unpublished biographical information.