Language of Modern Music

Language of Modern Music


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Language of Modern Music by Donald Mitchell, Edward W. Said

The title, as well as a great deal of the body of this extraordinary book, makes the point that modern music has, or perhaps at bottom is, a language. To a casual reader this may seem plausible enough, but not only is it an uncommon view, it has not before been urged with such brilliance and insight.. . . . A classic in the field not only of musicology but of cultural studies." --From the Introduction by Edward W. Said

Mitchell's argument is based on a consideration of the twin giants of the first half of the century, Schoenberg and Stravinsky, exploring the concept of modernism as expounded in the music of these composers in realation to corresponding developments in literature and visual arts.

First published over 35 years ago, The Language of Modern Music has been in print almost continuously and translated into many languages. It stands today as a crucial document that still proves relevant to the musical scene in the 1990s.

Donald Mitchell was born in 1925. A distinguished newspaper critic, he is the author or editor of 12 books on the life and works of Gustav Mahler and Benjamin Britten. Edward W. Said is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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ISBN-13: 9780812215434
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 01/28/1994
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.99(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.64(d)

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