Modern Music and After

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Oxford University Press, UK, Nov 9, 1995 - 388 pages
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Having examined the main lines of musical change in the immediate post-war period, Paul Griffiths investigates the diverse directions taken by over 50 composers since 1960, from computer music to opera. Published for the first time in paperback this fully revised and reset edition of Modern Music: The Avant-Garde since 1945 contains an entirely new section on the 1980s to the present. - ;This fully revised new edition re-establishes Paul Griffith's survey as the definitive study of music since the Second World War. The disruptions of the war, and the struggles of the ensuing peace, were reflected in the music of the time: in Pierre Boulez's radical re-forming of compositional technique and in John Cage's move into zen music, in Milton Babbitt's settling of the serial system and in Dmitry Shostakovich's unsettling symphonies, in Karlheinz Stochausen's development of electronic music and in Luigi Nono's pursuit of the universally human, in Iannis Xenakis's view of music as sounding mathematics and in Luciano Berio's consideration of it as language. The initiatives of these composers and their contemporaries opened prospects that have continued to unfold. This constant expansion of musical thinking since 1945 has left us with no single history of music. `We live' as Griffiths says, `among many simultaneous histories'. His study accordingly follows several different paths, showing how they converge and diverge. In addition to the composers mentioned above, others whose music is discussed include Steve Reich, Jean Barraque, Elliott Carter, Olivier Messiaen, Gy--ouml--;rgy Kurt--aacute--;g, Bill Hopkins, Harrison Birtwistle and Gy--ouml--;rgy Ligeti. Publication and recording details are given for the works of all these composers and many others. For its breadth and for its wealth of detail, Modern Music and After will appeal to both the student and the general reader in search of a lively and comprehensive introduction to the music of our time. - ;`as impressive for its accuracy as well as for the clarity, acumen, and wit of its writing' Classical Writing -

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Perfect for my purposes, in this case, learning about some music that I might like to listen to, and learning a (very) little about some music with which I'm already familiar. Griffiths is hamstrung ... Read full review

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