Modern Music and After

ISBN-10: 019974050X

ISBN-13: 9780199740505

Edition: 3rd 2010

Authors: Paul Griffiths

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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 Karl 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 third section of the book, 1980-1990, is expanded to incorporate the variety of responses to the modernist impasse experienced by composers of the time. In addition, a new fourth part, "After Postmodernism: the 1990s and 2000s," examines highly influential composers like Philip Glass and Pierre Boulez as well as such topics as "Modernist Continuation" and "Music and the Internet." 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.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/16/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

Paul Griffiths is a freelance evangelist. He is the author of four books and is involved in the running of various evangelism training and evangelistic courses across the UK. He lectures on various MA, Bth and Bible College courses. Martin Robinson leads Together in Mission, a training agency, and is author of many books, most recent The 8 Secrets of Happiness.

Prelude
1945
Rational and Irrational: Western Europe, 1945-50
Paris, 1945-48
The Young Boulez
Boulez's Second Piano Sonata
Other Stories
Musique Concr�te
Variations: Nono
Silencing Music: Cage, 1946-52
Rhythmic Structuring
Towards Silence
Around Cage
Total Organization: Western Europe, 1949-54
The Moment of Total Serialism 1: Darmstadt 1949 and Darmstadt 1951
Interlude: The Patrons of Modernism
The Moment of Total Serialism 2: Paris 1952
The Human Voice 1: Nono
Electronic Music
The Human Voice 2: Barraqu�
Classic Modernism and Other Kinds: The United States, 1945-55
Schoenberg
Carter
Babbitt
Homemade Music
Wolpe
After Silence
The Cold War
Extension and Development: Western Europe, 1953-56
From Points to Groups
Systems of Organization
Le Marteau sans ma�tre
Sound and Word
...how time passes...
Statistics
1956
Mobile Form: 1956-61
Cage
Stockhausen and Boulez
Boulez and Berio
Barraqu�
Exit from the Labyrinth
Elder Responses
Stravinsky
Messiaen
Var�se
Symphonists and Others
Reappraisal and Disintegration: 1959-64
Questioning Voices: Ligeti, Bussotti, Kagel
Stumbling Steps: Kurt�g
Listening Ears: Cage, Young, Babbitt
Exploiting the Moment: Stockhausen
The Last Concert: Nono
1965
Of Elsewhen and Elsewhere
The Distant Past
(The Imaginary Past)
The Distant or Not So Distant East
Quotation
Meta-Music
Music Theatre
Opera and 'Opera'
Music Theatre
Instrumental Theatre
Politics
Cardew
Rzewski
The Composer in the Factory
Virtuosity and Improvisation
The Virtuoso
Virtuosity in Question
The Electric Musician
Improvisation
Orchestras or Computers
Orchestras
Computer Music
Minimalism and Melody
New York Minimalism
Minimalism in Europe
Melody
Ending
1975
Holy Minimalisms
P�rt
G�recki and Tavener
(Messiaen)
Ustvolskaya
New Romanticisms
Rihm
Schnittke, and the Hectic Present
Gubaidulina, and the Visionary Future
Silvestrov, and the Reverberating Past
Symphony?
Feldman and Loss
Lachenmann and Regain
New Simplicities
Cage, or Innocence
Denyer, or Outsiderness
Kurt�g, or Immediacy
Holliger, or Extremity
Sciarrino, or Intimacy
New Complexities
Ferneyhough
Finnissy
Charged Solos
Old Complexities
Carter and the Poets
Xenakis and the Arditti Quartet
Nono and Listening
Stockhausen and Licht
Birtwistle and Ritual
Berio and Memory
IRCAM and Boulez
Spectralisms
Radulescu and Tenney
Grisey
Vivier
(Unholy?) Minimalisms
Reich
Andriessen
Referencings
Kagel, et al.
Donatoni
Bolcom and Adams
Ligeti
1989
Towards Mode/Meme
Rootless Routes: Ligeti
Memory's Memorials: Berio and Kurt�g
Remade Modes: Adams, Ad�s, Benjamin
Pesson's Past and Pauset's
Traditions' Tracks: Around Zorn
Towards the Strange Self
Schneewittchen
Entr'acte: Kurt�g's Beckett
Luci mie traditrici
Entr'acte: Birtwistle's Celan
Three Sisters
Entr'acte: Kyburz's No-one
Das M�dchen mit den Schwefelh�lzern
Towards Transcendence
Gubaidulina and Christ
Haas and Darkness
Harvey and the Goddess
Grisey and Rebirth
Riehm and Reality
2001
Towards Change?
Resources
Index
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