Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials, and Literature / Edition 1

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This text presents a challenging and comprehensive survey of the music of the postwar periods. Written in a concise and engaging style, the authors encourage students to re-examine aesthetic assumptions and cultural biases as they explore the rich diversity of music in our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780028730400
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/12/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,233,123
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: PRECEDENTS, INFLUENCE, AND EARLY POSTWAR TRENDS. 1. Composers and Audiences. 2. Precedents and Influences Music from 1890 to 1945. 3. New Ways of Listening: The "Loudspeaker Revolution". 4. New Concepts and Tools. 5. The Early Postwar Years. 6. Pieces for Study I. PART II: NEW AESTHETIC APPROACHES. 7. "Order" and "Chaos". 8. The Electronic Revolution I: Tape Composition and early Synthesizers. 9. Multimedia and Total Theater. 10. Texture, Mass, and Density. 11. Non-Western Musical Influences. 12. Pieces for Study II. PART III: MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. 13. Collage and Quotation. 14. The Resurgence of Tonality. 15. New Views of Performance: Space, Ritual, and Play. 16. Process and Minimalism. 17. The Electronic Revolution II: Computers and Digital Systems. 18. Pieces for Study III. PART IV: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS. 19. Notation, Improvisation, and Composition. 20. Composers and National Traditions. 21. Pieces for Study IV: A Panorama of Works by Genre. Select Bibliography. Select Discography. Index.

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