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Music in the Late Twentieth Century

ISBN-10: 0195384857

ISBN-13: 9780195384857

Edition: 2009

Authors: Richard Taruskin

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The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial five-volume survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin. Now this renowned work is available in paperback--both as a set and (for the first time) individually. This volume examines the music of the late twentieth century, ranging from Milton Babbitt and Edgard Varese to Steven Reich and Philip Glass . Taking a critical perspective, Taruskin sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. He combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, to illustrate how the music itself works, and how contemporaries heard and understood it. He also describes how the context of each stylistic period--key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events--influenced and directed compositional choices. Attractively illustrated and laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analysis, and a panoramic sense of the interactions between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music, this volume is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand twentieth-century music.
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/27/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.618
Language: English

Starting from Scratch
Music in the Aftermath of World War II; Zhdanovshchina, Darmstadt
Cage and the ""New York School""
The Apex
Babbitt and Cold War Serialism
The Third Revolution
Music and Electronic Media; Varese's Career
Standoff (I)Music in Society: Britten
Standoff (II)Music in History: Carter
The Sixties
Changing Patters of Consumption and the Challenge of Pop
A Harmonious Avant-Garde?
Minimalism: Young, Riley, Reich, Glass; Their European Emulators
After Everything