One Hundred Years of Music
After Beethoven and Wagner
This book provides a full account of the history of music from the death of Beethoven to the modern era. It covers a period of exceptional interest. The last hundred years coincide roughly with the rise and decline of Romanticism, include the various nationality movements, and extended to the advent of "neo-classicism," the twelve-tone system, and still more modern techniques. Abraham devotes ample space to modernist and avant garde music, in which he explains the difficulties we experience in listening to it. He also throws new light on many familiar topics. This third edition further enlarges the bibliography and chronology, and adds commentary on developments in music techniques.
Music in a New Found Land
Themes and Developments in the history of American Music
It has always been difficult to separate American music from its immediate relevance to the twentieth century. Mellers' theme, represented in this book, involves the relationship between "art" music, jazz and pop music; he sees the segregation of these genres as both illogical and artificial. If the pop music of Tin Pan Alley may be anti-art, it has also produced Gershwin, Ellington, and composing improvisers such as Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis. The study of American music is as relevant into any inquiry into a national culture as the study of American literature and painting. This unique, one-volume history of American music provides a window into American culture.
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About the Author
Henkjan Honing is the KNAW-Hendrik Muller chair at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), University of Amsterdam.
He conducts his research projects under the auspices of the ILLC and the University of Amsterdam’s Cognitive Science Center Amsterdam (CSCA). Honing has authored over 150 international publications in the area of music cognition and music technology.
Table of Contents
Part 1 De do do do, de da da da Babble Music
1 First Listening Experiences 3
2 The Illiterate Listener 17
3 What this Book Is About 23
Part 2 Ooh-ooh-ooh The Magic of Music
4 Music as Mystery 27
5 Music as Language 31
6 Music as sound 45
Part 3 Hmmm … Music and Musicality
7 We're Musical Creatures 53
8 Measuring the Beat 63
9 Do You Recognize this Melody? 77
Part 4 Tá-ta-ta-tá-ta Music as Cognition
10 The Secret of the "Loud Rest" 87
11 The Secret of the Details 103
12 The Secret, Mapped Out 109
Part 5 Aha! Music in Our Heads
13 The Musical Listener 123
14 Listening and Learning 135
15 Encore 139