Remaking the Past: Musical Modernism and the Influence of the Tonal Tradition

Remaking the Past: Musical Modernism and the Influence of the Tonal Tradition

by Joseph N. Straus
     
 
Joseph Straus details the revisionary strategies of twentieth century composers--how they transformed the music of the tonal tradition in creating their radically new sonorities and structures. He defines a mainstream of musical modernism, a mainstream shaped by the aggressive reinterpretation of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century models.

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Joseph Straus details the revisionary strategies of twentieth century composers--how they transformed the music of the tonal tradition in creating their radically new sonorities and structures. He defines a mainstream of musical modernism, a mainstream shaped by the aggressive reinterpretation of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century models.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Straus (music theory, Queens Coll.) has written a provocative book that offers a radically new interpretation of the artistic goals and achievements of several major composers of the early 20th century. Straus's ideas are based largely on controversial literary critic Harold Bloom's concept of ``misreading''--not a failed reading, but one in which a poet asserts his or her artistic voice by confronting, struggling with, and ultimately overcoming the influence of a predecessor. Straus shifts the battleground to music, and using principles of pitch-class analysis derived from Allen Forte shows how Stravinsky, Bartok, Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern grappled with the legacy of their (mostly) Germanic forebears. In the process he has wasted much analytical ink on some very minor works, and the Fortean emphasis on pitch relationships may also exasperate readers used to a more inclusive approach. Still, the book is an exciting and thought-provoking addition to the literature on 20th-century music. --Larry Lipkis, UCLA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674759909
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1990
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.59(h) x 0.90(d)

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