Music in the Early Twentieth Century: The Oxford History of Western Music

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Oxford University Press, Aug 14, 2006 - Music - 880 pages
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The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a representative sampling of masterworks-the themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to a significant period in the history of Western music. Music in the Early Twentieth Century , the fourth volume in Richard Taruskin's history, looks at the first half of the twentieth century, from the beginnings of Modernism in the last decade of the nineteenth century right up to the end of World War II. Taruskin discusses modernism in Germany and France as reflected in the work of Mahler, Strauss, Satie, and Debussy, the modern ballets of Stravinsky, the use of twelve-tone technique in the years following World War I, the music of Charles Ives, the influence of peasant songs on Bela Bartok, Stravinsky's neo-classical phase and the real beginnings of 20th-century music, the vision of America as seen in the works of such composers as W.C. Handy, George Gershwin, and Virgil Thomson, and the impact of totalitarianism on the works of a range of musicians from Toscanini to Shostakovich

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Chapter 1 Reaching for Limits
Chapter 2 Getting Rid of Glue
Chapter 3 AristocraticMaximalism
Chapter 4 Extinguishing the Petty I Transcendentalism I
Chapter 5 Containing Multitudes Transcendentalism II
Chapter 6 Inner Occurrences
Chapter 7 Socially ValidatedMaximalism
Chapter 8 Pathos Is Banned
Chapter 10 The Cult of the Commonplace
Chapter 11 In Search of the Real America
Chapter 12 In Search of Utopia
Chapter 13 Music and Totalitarian Society
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Chapter 9 Lostor RejectedIllusions

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Richard Taruskin is professor of musicology at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to this work, Taruskin is also the author of such books as Music in the Western World: A History in Documents (1985) , Text & Act (OUP, 1995), and Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions (1996). He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times , New Republic , and many other scholarly journals.

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