The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Contemporary Music

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Overview

This is a readable and easy-to-use guide to contemporary music and its availability on record. Brian Morton describes the life and work of seventy-four leading composers. For each he selects and introduces one representative recording, and then indicates how this initial selection can be broadened and extended to other works. Full discographical details are given in all cases. The book is divided chronologically, and can be equally used as a guide or as a history. As a way of orientating the reader towards the variety and creativity of recent music, Brian Morton begins with a list of recordings of ten key works from the first half of the century that have had a profound influence on the music of the second half. He then discusses works by composers from all over the world: few readers will fail to make new discoveries from among his selection. In describing the composers' work and its musical context, he assumes no specialist knowledge, and provides a glossary of those terms - such as "atonality" and "serialism" - that have been closely associated with the contemporary repertoire. He gives suggestions for further reading on the composers' work as a whole or on the particular works in question. In the bibliography he selects a core library for those interested in finding out more about the music of the period.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631188810
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: The Blackwell Guides Ser.
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
A Note on Numbers
Compass Bearings
1940s 1
Olivier Messiaen 2
Dmitry Shostakovich 7
Bela Bartok 14
Aaron Copland 18
Heitor Villa Lobos 24
Benjamin Britten 29
Werner Egk 34
Vagn Holmboe 37
John Cage 41
1950s 48
Elizabeth Maconchy 49
Elliott Carter 53
Michael Tippett 59
Bohuslav Martinu 66
Igor Stravinsky 71
Ton de Leeuw 75
Petr Eben 79
Bernard Herrmann 83
Bengt Hambraeus 88
Gunther Schuller 91
1960s 96
Karlheinz Stockhausen 97
Krzysztof Penderecki 103
Elisabeth Lutyens 106
Giacinto Scelsi 110
Alberto Ginastera 114
Lejaren Hiller 117
Iannis Xenakis 121
Ronald Stevenson 128
Lou Harrison 133
Bernd Alois Zimmermann 136
Milton Babbitt 145
Andre Jolivet 151
Hans Werner Henze 155
Harry Partch 162
Luciano Berio 167
Peter Sculthorpe 172
Harrison Birtwistle 177
Henri Pousseur 183
Morton Subotnick 187
Toru Takemitsu 192
Betsy Jolas 195
Gavin Bryars 200
1970s 205
George Crumb 206
Edison Denisov 210
Emmanuel Nunes 215
Pierre Boulez 219
David Del Tredici 224
Peter Maxwell Davies 227
Frederic Rzewski 231
Louis Andriessen 234
Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki 238
Erik Bergman 244
Thea Musgrave 248
Alfred Schnittke 257
Theo Loevendie 261
R. Murray Schafer 264
1980s 269
Luigi Nono 270
Einojuhani Rautavaara 274
Aribert Reimann 278
Leonard Bernstein 281
Morton Feldman 286
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich 289
Gyorgy Ligeti 292
Sofiya Gubaydulina 296
Annea Lockwood 300
Kevin Volans 303
Brian Ferneyhough 307
Michael Levinas 312
Isang Yun 317
Henri Dutilleux 320
Witold Lutoslawski 324
Kaija Saariaho 328
Ge Gan-ru 332
George Benjamin 335
Tim Brady 338
1990s 343
John Corigliano 343
Glossary 346
Further Reading 353
Index 357
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