Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics: Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 8, 2005 - Music - 272 pages
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Composers of serial music in post-war Europe wrote almost as much about music as the music itself, but the relationship between theory and practice in the work of key figures like Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur and Schnebel has often been misrepresented. This book, which focuses on the controversial journal Die Reihe, traces serialism's cultural history, its debt to the artistic theories of Klee and Mondrian, and its relationship to contemporary developments in concrete art, poetry and information aesthetics, sketching a aesthetic theory of serialism as an experimental music.
  

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Contents

electronic and serial music 19451954
39
chaos or order?
75
Webern and Debussy
103
Serial music as an aleatoric process
131
Das Serielle
165
Music and language
193
wherefore and why?
222
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M. J. Grant specialises in new and experimental music and is currently working on a 3-year experimental music project in Berlin.

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