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Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe

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ISBN-10: 0521619920

ISBN-13: 9780521619929

Edition: 2005

Authors: M. J. Grant, Arnold Whittall

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Composers of serial music in post-war Europe wrote almost as much about music as the music itself, but the relationship between theory and practice in the work of key figures like Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur and Schnebel has often been misrepresented. Focusing on the controversial journal Die Reihe, this book traces serialism's cultural history, its debt to the artistic theories of Klee and Mondrian, and its relationship to contemporary developments in concrete art, poetry and information aesthetics. It sketches a aesthetic theory of serialism as an experimental music.
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Book details

List price: $73.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/8/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 284
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Note on the text
Introduction
European culture in the post-war years
The isolated tone: electronic and serial music, 1945-1954
Electronic music - 'chaos or order'?
Webern and Debussy
Serial music as an aleatoric process
'Das Serielle'
Music and language
Serial theory, serial practice - wherefore, and why?
Conclusion: Dorthin?
Bibliography
Index