This book could occupy all of your time if you wished. It is an essential read for every composer, containing the manual that nearly all great classical composers learned from. Contemporary composers still use it today both as a way to learn and a tool for teaching their students.
This set of canons is remarkable and charming. The counterpoint in them is quite advanced for a young composer (see the program note about when the first movement was written). Yet, there is still an artistic purpose in each movement and note choice.
Firmly rooted in the American Mavericks tradition, this work fuses hymns with polytonality and misalignment, a la Charles Ives.
Mitch Weakley's piece "Keys, Strings, Clothespins" investigates a C pentatonic scale with a flattened sixth step (Ab) through the lens of a prepared piano, and its consequent timbres.
Matthew Kennedy's "Until I Say 'When'" is a breathtaking exposure of space, timbre, and mood, that is both playful and hypnotic.
"STRING II was made with “real” sounds - sounds that I recorded both in my studio and in the field. I used only the oddest bits of these recordings to go ahead and represent something else. Something that EVERYONE hears differently - its interpretation is up for grabs. I feel that’s important."