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Modern Music and After by Paul Griffiths

Title Modern Music and After
Author Paul Griffiths
Publisher Oxford University Press
Release 2011-02-16
Category Music
Total Pages 480
ISBN 9780199792283
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Over three decades, Paul Griffiths's survey has remained the definitive study of music since the Second World War; this fully revised and updated edition re-establishes Modern Music and After as the preeminent introduction to the music of our time. The disruptions of the war, and the struggles of the ensuing peace, were reflected in the music of the time: in Pierre Boulez's radical reformation of compositional technique and in John Cage's development of zen music; in Milton Babbitt's settling of the serial system and in Dmitry Shostakovich's unsettling symphonies; in Karlheinz Stockhausen's development of electronic music and in Luigi Nono's pursuit of the universally human, in Iannis Xenakis's view of music as sounding mathematics and in Luciano Berio's consideration of it as language. The initiatives of these composers and their contemporaries opened prospects that haven't yet stopped unfolding. This constant expansion of musical thinking since 1945 has left us with no singular history of music; Griffiths's study accordingly follows several different paths, showing how and why they converge and diverge. This new edition of Modern Music and After discusses not only the music of the fifteen years that have passed since the previous edition, but also the recent explosion of scholarly interest in the latter half of the twentieth century. In particular, the book has been expanded to incorporate the variety of responses to the modernist impasse experienced by composers of the 1980s and 1990s. Griffiths then moves the book into the twenty-first century as he examines such highly influential composers as Helmut Lachenmann and Salvatore Sciarrino. For its breadth, wealth of detail, and characteristic wit and clarity, the third edition of Modern Music and After is required reading for the student and the enquiring listener.

Music After the Fall by Tim Rutherford-Johnson

Title Music After the Fall
Author Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Publisher Univ of California Press
Release 2017-02
Category Music
Total Pages 368
ISBN 0520283155
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Music after the Fall is the first book to survey contemporary Western art music within the transformed political, cultural, and technological environment of the post–Cold War era. In this book, Tim Rutherford-Johnson considers musical composition against this changed backdrop, placing it in the context of globalization, digitization, and new media. Drawing connections with the other arts, in particular visual art and architecture, he expands the definition of Western art music to include forms of composition, experimental music, sound art, and crossover work from across the spectrum, inside and beyond the concert hall. Each chapter is a critical consideration of a wide range of composers, performers, works, and institutions, and develops a broad and rich picture of the new music ecosystem, from North American string quartets to Lebanese improvisers, from electroacoustic music studios in South America to ruined pianos in the Australian outback. Rutherford-Johnson puts forth a new approach to the study of contemporary music that relies less on taxonomies of style and technique than on the comparison of different responses to common themes of permission, fluidity, excess, and loss.

A History of Modern Music by Paul Collaer

Title A History of Modern Music
Author Paul Collaer
Publisher Cleveland : World Publishing Company
Release 1961
Category Music
Total Pages 413
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A translation of the second edition of the French text, published in Belgium 1955. This book "presents the evolution of musical thought from the origins of twelve-tone music to the American and British composers of today. French music since Devussy, the work fo Eric Satie and 'les Six,' German music after Richard Strauss, and music in Soviet Russia are all discussed." Publisher's note.

Philosophy of Modern Music by Theodor W. Adorno

Title Philosophy of Modern Music
Author Theodor W. Adorno
Publisher A&C Black
Release 2003-01-01
Category Music
Total Pages 220
ISBN 9780826414908
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A landmark work from the founder of the Frankfurt School. A key work in the study of Adorno, of interest to students and general readers alike.

Title Encyclopedia of World Pop Music 1980 2001
Author Stan Jeffries
Publisher Greenwood
Release 2003
Category Music
Total Pages 277
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Alphabetically arranged entries examine the careers of over 110 musical artists from thirty-seven different countries.

Title Modern Music
Author
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Release 1942-11
Category Music
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Monteverdi Creator of Modern Music
Author Leo Schrade
Publisher London : Gollancz
Release 1950
Category Composers
Total Pages 384
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Paths to Modern Music by Laurence Davies

Title Paths to Modern Music
Author Laurence Davies
Publisher
Release 1971
Category Music
Total Pages 330
ISBN 9780684127903
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This Modern Music by John Tasker Howard

Title This Modern Music
Author John Tasker Howard
Publisher
Release 1969
Category Music
Total Pages 234
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Quasi Una Fantasia by Theodor W. Adorno

Title Quasi Una Fantasia
Author Theodor W. Adorno
Publisher Verso Books
Release 1992
Category Music
Total Pages 336
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Quasi una Fantasia contains Adorno's own selection from his essays and journalism over more than three decades. In its analytical profundity it can be compared to his Philosophy of Modern Music and to the monographs on Berg, Mahler and Wagner. But in the range of its themes and references (from Mozart to Boulez, the minuet to the jitterbug) and in the clarity of its arguments, Quasi una Fantasia stands alone among Adorno's writings on music. At the book's core are illuminating studies of the founders of modern music: Mahler, Schoenberg and Berg, as well as sympathetic rediscoveries of Alexander Zemlinsky and Franz Schreker. Especially significant is Adorno's 'dialectical portrait' of Stravinsky, in which he both reconsiders and refines the damning indictment he gave in Philosophy of Modern Music. In 'Vers une musique informelle', an enormously influential essay, he plots a course for a music of the future 'which could take up the challenge of an unrevised, unrestricted freedom'. More unexpectedly, there are moving accounts of earlier works, such as Bizet's Carmen and Weber's Der Freischutz, along with an entertainingly caustic 'Natural History of the Theatre' which explores the rituals and hierarchies of the auditorium, from upper circle to foyer. 'The positive element of kitsch', Adorno remarks, 'lies in the fact that it sets free for a moment the glimmering realization that you have wasted your life.' Musical kitsch is the target of several of the shorter pieces: on Gounod's Ave Maria or Tchaikovsky's 'clumsy naivety'; on the 'Penny Serenade' or the transformation of Mozart into chocolate-box rococo. Yet even while Adorno demolishes 'commodity music' he is sustained by the conviction that music is supremely human because it retains the capacity to speak of inhumanity and to resist it. It is a conviction which reverberates throughout these writings. For Adorno, music and philosophy were inextricably linked: Quasi una Fantasia will enlarge our understanding of both.

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