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The Cambridge History of Music : The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music - Nicholas Cook

The Cambridge History of Music

The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music

By: Nicholas Cook (Editor), Anthony Pople (Editor)


Published: 1st August 2004
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This wide-ranging and eclectic book is the first to view the development of music in the twentieth century from the vantage-point of the twenty-first. It traces the fragmentation of the European 'art' tradition, and its relocation as one tradition among many at the century's end. While the focus is on Western traditions, both 'art' and popular, these are situated within the developing context of 'world music'. An international authorship brings a wide variety of approaches to music history, but the aim throughout is to set musical developments in the context of social, ideological, and technological change, and to understand reception and consumption as integral to the history of music.

'Its pluralist narrative finds room for pop, jazz and easy listening alongside classical mainstreams and avant-garde orthodoxies. The non-interventionist stance makes for lively debate between contributors, reflecting the revisionist brand of musicology where the importance of any musical culture must be constantly contested.' The Independent '... it can be warmly recommended as a worthwhile institutional purchase and as an encouragingly good read.' Music Teacher

Introduction: trajectories of twentieth-century music Nicholas Cook
Peripheries and interfaces: Western music and its others
Music of a century: museum culture and the politics of subsidy
Innovation and the avant-garde, 1900-1920
Music, text and stage: the tradition of bourgeois tonality, 1900-1930
Classic jazz to 1945
Flirting with the vernacular: America in Europe, 1900-1945
Between the wars: traditions, modernisms and the ''little people' from the suburbs'
Brave new worlds: experimentalism between the wars
Proclaiming a mainstream
Rewriting the past: classicisms of the interwar period
Music of seriousness and commitment: the 1930s and beyond
Other mainstreams: light music and easy listening, 1920-70
New beginnings: the international avant-garde, 1945-62
Moderate modernisms: individualism and accessibility, 1945-75
After swing: modern jazz and its impact
Music of the youth revolution: rock through the 1960s
Expanding horizons: the international avant-garde, 1962-75
To the millennium: music as commodity
Ageing of the new: the museum of musical modernism
(Post)-minimalisms, 1975-2000: the search for a new mainstream
History and class consciousness: pop music towards 2000
'Art' music in a cross-cultural context: Africa towards 2000
Personalia Peter Elsdon
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ISBN: 9780521662567
ISBN-10: 0521662567
Series: The Cambridge History of Music
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 838
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8  x 5.7
Weight (kg): 1.28