Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner

Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner

The Complete Artist

Keith Jarrett - A Biography - Wolfgang Sandner

Wolfgang Sandner [+-]
University of Marburg
Wolfgang Sandner, born in 1942, studied musicology, modern history and Italian. For almost three decades, he has been active as music editor for the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. He is professor at the University of Marburg, Germany and has penned portraits of such varied artists as Miles Davis, Heiner Goebbels and Arvo Pärt.


Keith Jarrett as a 'serious' composer. It is as easy to make negative comments about these compositions, as it is difficult to do them real justice. Even if statements made referring to Jarrett’s classical works as eclectic monsters, compositions without beginning and end, reanimations of a failed 'third stream jazz,' naïve pieces of work using material which had long expired, can be proven through structural analysis, they also ricochet in light of Jarrett’s aesthetic courage to take his right to be old-fashioned, a-historical, untouched by thought systems and fads; to make experiments, search for knowledge, collect experience and search for musical truth, even if he is unsure where to find it.

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Sandner, Wolfgang. The Complete Artist. Keith Jarrett - A Biography. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 154-163 Nov 2020. ISBN 9781800500112. Date accessed: 17 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41561. Nov 2020

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