Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music: A Continuing Symposium

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Thirty-five essays explore major topics in modern music, including Machine Art, Electronic Art and the Aesthetics of Technology; Perspectives on Composers and Modern Society; Sound Space, and Meaning; Twelve-Tone and Serial Composition; Music Among the Arts; and Jazz and Popular Music. Includes contributions from Ives, Gershwin, VarTse, Schoenberg, Babbitt, James Joyce, Amiri Baraka, and more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028645810
  • Publisher: Wadsworth
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Music in the Twentieth Century: Problems and Overviews
Introduction (1983) 1
"New Music" as Historical Category (1969) 22
Machine Art, Electronic Art, and the Aesthetics of Technology
The Art of Noise (1913), New Acoustical Pleasures (1916) 35
The Composer in the Machine Age (1933) 43
The Liberation of Sound (1917/1962) 47
The Prospects of Recording (1966) 53
A History of Electronic Music Pioneers (1992/1996) 87
Perspectives on Composers and Modern Society
The Influence of Peasant Music on Modern Music (1931) 125
Music and Its Future (1933) 129
The Crisis in Music (1935) 133
Why Composers Write How (1939/1962) 138
The Composer as Specialist (1958) 161
The Composer on His Work: Meditation on a Twelve-Tone Horse (1968) 167
And Don't Call Them "Lady" Composers (1970) 171
Sound, Space, and Meaning
Prologue (1920) 175
On Dissonant Counterpoint (1930) 179
Inauguration 1950-60: Feldman, Brown, Wolff, Cage (1974) 184
Experimental Music (1957) 202
Problems and Methods of Notation (1963) 206
Music and the Soundscape (1987/1993) 221
Twelve-Tone and Serial Composition
Composition with Twelve Tones (1941) 233
Twelve-Tone Invariants as Compositional Determinants (1960) 264
Music Among the Arts
The Problem of Opera (1928) 277
Picasso and Stravinsky (1928) 279
Visible Music (1969) 283
Two Ways of Polyartistry (1990/1992) 295
Minimalism in Art and Music: Origins and Aesthetics (1986) 308
Jazz and Popular Music
Jazz (1976) 321
The Jazz Avant-Garde (1961) 333
Towards an Aesthetic of Popular Music (1987) 340
Plunderphonics (1994) 354
Index 377
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