Modernism and Music: An Anthology of Sources

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 3, 2004 - Music - 428 pages
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If in earlier eras music may have seemed slow to respond to advances in other artistic media, during the modernist age it asserted itself in the vanguard. Modernism and Music provides a rich selection of texts on this moment, some translated into English for the first time. It offers not only important statements by composers and critics, but also musical speculations by poets, novelists, philosophers, and others-all of which combine with Daniel Albright's extensive, interlinked commentary to place modernist music in the full context of intellectual and cultural history.
 

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Used in Modernism Seminar 2006 and Music of the 20th c. 2005.

Contents

Introduction
1
from The Future of the Opera 1927
15
from From My Life 1944
20
Testing the Boundaries between Speech and Music
23
from Genesis of a Music 1949
30
Foreword to Pierrot Lunaire 1912
38
The Relationship to the Text 1912
39
Voice in Opera 1929
43
from An Autobiography 1934
239
The Influence of Peasant Music on Modern Music 1931
244
EXPRESSIONISM
251
Beethoven 1870
255
Murderer Hope of Women 19071917
265
from Die glückliche Hand 191013 brainstorm
271
from Philosophy of Modern Music 1948
272
NEOCLASSICISM AND THE NEW OBJECTIVITY
276

from Sirens 1922
45
from The Waves 1931
49
from The Music of Poetry 1942
52
from Words Music and Program Music 1925
55
from A Composers World 194950
60
Testing the Boundaries between the Visual Arts and Music
64
from Harmonielehre 1911
66
Letter to Nicolas Slonimsky 1936
71
from Philosophy of Modern Music 1948
72
TimeCanvas1983
80
from Formalized Music 1971
82
BALLET AND FILM
84
The Technique of Moving Plastic 1922
86
from Composing for the Films 1947
93
The New Music Theater
103
from The Birth of Tragedy 1872
108
Letter to Richard Strauss 1911
114
Shifts in Musical Composition 1927
117
OperaWhere To? 1929
120
The Problem of Opera 1928
124
from Is Opera Still Possible Today? 1936
127
from The World of Opera 1967
134
Fuller Universes of Music
137
from Monsieur Croche antidilettante 1901
139
from Sketch of a New Esthetic of Music 1907
141
Degeneration and Regeneration in Music 1907
148
from Essays before a Sonata 1920
157
from Postface to 114 Songs 1922
159
Free Music 1938
165
PANTONALITY
167
Correspondence 1911
169
NOISE
172
The Art of Noises Futurist Manifesto 1913
177
Music and the Times 1936
185
Fragments from Silence 1961
190
New Discipline The TwelveTone Method
193
from Composition with Twelve Tones fiat lux 1941
194
from The Path to TwelveNote Composition 1932
202
from Dr Faustus 1947
216
The TwelveTone Method 1951
222
The TwelveTone Method 1963
223
Isms
224
SYMBOLISM
226
from Richard Wagner and Tannhauser in Paris 1861
229
from Swanns Way 1913
231
PRIMITIVISM AND EXOTICISM
234
What I Wished to Express in The Consecration of Spring 1913
237
Sonnets to Orpheus 13 1922
280
from An Autobiography 1936
282
from Expositions and Developments Expressivity1962
283
from Expositions and Developments Pulcinella1962
284
from Dialogues 1968
286
from Themes and Conclusions 1969
288
from Three Satires 1925
289
from New Humanity and Old Objectivity 1931
291
from Music and Mathematics 1937
295
The Age of Pastiche 1934
297
Stravinsky as Pasticheur 1934
300
from Lectures in America 1935
305
Interview Ravels Toys 1933
307
Interview Finding Tunes in Factories 1933
308
DADAISM AND SURREALISM
309
Ursonate Rondo 192132
318
Program Note for Parade 1917
320
Memoirs of an Amnesiac 1912
322
from Cock and Harlequin 1918
324
For General Intelligibility as a Confession 1919
327
Hornpipe 1922
329
What Is Called the New Music and Why? 1937
330
Music Social Responsibility and Politics
337
On Old and New Music 1925
339
The Modern Theatre Is the Epic Theatre 1930
343
Münchhausen 1931
349
Cabaret 1932
351
from A Composers World 194950
355
Der Kaiser von Atlantis Final Scene 194344
360
A Survivor from Warsaw 1947
361
Rayok The Music Lesson 1957
364
Testing the Boundaries between Popular and High Art
367
On a Negro Orchestra 1919
368
from The Big Sea 1940
375
MoonFaced StarryEyed 194647
377
The Negroes Are Conquering Europe 1926
378
from Tune In America 1931
381
The Composer and the Machine Age 1933
386
The Negro on the Spiral or A Method of Negro Music 1934
390
Has Jazz Influenced the Symphony? 1947
398
Once Again Swing 1939
404
The Rhythmic Basis of American Music 1955
405
Bibliographical Note
409
Credits
411
Index
415
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About the author (2004)

Daniel Albright is a professor of English and American Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of Untwisting the Serpent: Modernism in Music, Literature, and Other Arts, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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