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Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta has been considered an important musician, architect, writer, photographer and intermedia artist in the beginning of the third millennium - according to statements written by personalities like John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Merce Cunningham, René Berger, Daniel Charles, Dove Bradshaw, Phill Niblock or William Anastasi among others. With several international prizes, more than seventy published books, many electronic books and thirty audio compact discs, his works are included in some of the most important art collections and world-wide recognized institutions like the Whitney Museum of New York, the ARS AEVI Contemporary Art Museum, the Biennale of Venice, the Computer Art Museum of Seattle, the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Durini Contemporary Art Collection, the Bibliotèque Nationale of Paris and the MART - Modern Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento among others. His works are also included in the Universalis Encyclopedia (Britannica) since 1991, in the Sloninsky Baker's Dictionary (Berkeley), the Charles Hall's Chronology of the Western Classical Music, as well as in the All Music Guide - The Expert's Guide to the Best Cds. Legendary musicians like John Cage, David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, John Tilbury, Christian Wolff, Maurizio Barbetti, Audrey Riley and the Manhattan Quartet among others have performed his compositions. He collaborated with John Cage, as commissioned composer for Merce Cunningham, from 1985 until his disappearance in 1992. He remained composer for Merce Cunningham along more than twenty-five years, Emanuel Pimenta coined the concept of virtual architecture and designed the first virtual planet in history. He is member of the New York Academy of Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, of the Space Architecture Technical Committee of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics, of the SACD Paris, of the Council of Architects in Brazil and of the Order of Architects in Portugal among other institutions. He is founder, with Leonel Moura, of the SA2 Space Art Association; he is also founder and director of the Arts, Sciences and Technology Foundation - Observatory, in Trancoso, Portugal ( He is co-founder and director of the HOLOTOPIA Academy, in the Amalfi Coast, Italy ( Emanuel Pimenta lives in Locarno, Switzerland - but he is also based in New York and Lisbon. His website is


A Brief History of the Western Musical Thought

Authored by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta

Music - A Brief History of the Western Musical Thought by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta is a fascinating journey to the ancient Mesopotamia to our days, unveiling unexpected connections between composers of different periods and, possibly even more interesting, how the history of music can reveal us a history of ideas, a continuous metamorphosis of mentalities. The Italian philosopher Dario Evola says in his introduction: "The author constructs a grid of thought on concepts and artistic experiences relinking a seemingly distant past with a present which, however, becomes distant, invisible. Have Pythagoras, Giordano Bruno, the new physics of Heisenberg and Niels Bohr some relation with music? Find out by reading, like a novel, these pages! Is there a relation between Mozart and Beethoven? Yes, they met! The concept of 'indeterminacy' of Cage and Tudor, the creative experience at Black Mountain College, Merce Cunningham, are all closely linked by a common thread that brings us back to Duchamp and Artaud. Frank Zappa studied Edgard Varèse. We will discover then how Debussy, Ravel, Satie and Russolo are related to each other. Buckminster Fuller said that it was pointless to fight against reality, one should invent something that would make the present obsolete! It is this, in fact, the deep, accurate, ironic and creative work of the artist!". The book, with more than 200 hundred illustrations, has a preface by the American writer, journalist and philosopher Jon Rappoport, and introduction by Dario Evola. To Jon Rappoport, Emanuel Pimenta "is a philosopher of music and a musician of philosophy. I could say: he circumnavigates his subjects from the inside out, and he penetrates them while floating at a distance of thousands of miles in space". It is a book to be read like a novel, as says Evola.

Publication Date:
1500691011 / 9781500691011
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8" x 10"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / History & Criticism / General

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