New Directions in Music

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Waveland Press, 2001 - Music - 259 pages
New edition of a text that explores the history, philosophy, composers, and works of the avant-garde since the late 1940s, emphasizing works that depart radically from tradition. Cope (U. of California, Santa Cruz) provides in-depth analyses that cover historical background; general formal analysis as well as musical structure; orchestration techniques; basic techniques such as pitch organization, motivic structures, and rhythmic detail; significant vertical structures (chord roots and centers); significant horizontal melodic structures involving cadence, balance, and motion; and a summary of the stylistic parameters employed by the composer. Each chapter contains relevant interviews or articles, most of which originally appeared in The Composer Magazine. Illustrated with b&w photographs and excerpts from musical scores. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Atonality and Serialism 1

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David Cope is a composer and Professor of Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of "Virtual Music: Computer Synthesis of Musical Style" (MIT Press, 2004).

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