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The New Music : The Avant-Garde since 1945 - Reginald Smith Brindle

The New Music

The Avant-Garde since 1945

Paperback Published: 9th July 1987
ISBN: 9780193154681
Number Of Pages: 230

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This guide to the more adventurous evolutions of music since 1945--pointillism, post-Webernism, integral serialism, free dodecaphony, aleatory and indeterminate music, graphics, musique concrete, electronic music, and theatre music--was first published in 1975 and has been reprinted several times. For this second edition, Smith Brindle has added a new chapter reviewing developments over the decade since first publication. He discusses the decline of experimentalism and the reaction against increasing cerebralism and complexity as variously illustrated by the more recent works of Stockhausen, the minimalist works of Reich and Glass, and the partial return to romanticism. He also reviews the technological revolution which has taken place in computer music and concludes that the future of music will for the time being be most closely associated with technological change and development, rather than with radical changes in compositional techniques.

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'A lively, well-organized, lucid, historically aware, and concise survey of the techniques, aspirations, interaction, and sociology of the avant garde as it has evolved since the end of World War II...a book that might easily be used as a text for an undergraduate course. Moreover, it could, with careful and intelligent application, be used for study by non-musicians.' Notes reviewing the first edition

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
The Historical Backgroundp. 1
The Post-War Yearsp. 3
The Webern Cultp. 7
The Avant-Garde--Pointillismp. 15
Integral Serialismp. 21
Numbersp. 42
Free Twelve-Note Musicp. 52
Indeterminacy, Chance, and Aleatory Musicp. 60
Improvisation--Graphic Scores--Text Scoresp. 81
Concrete Musicp. 99
Electronic Musicp. 104
Cage and Other Americansp. 121
The Search Outwards--The Orient, Jazz, Archaismsp. 133
Theatrep. 146
Colour--New Instrumental Usagesp. 153
Vocal Music--The New Choralismp. 163
Notationp. 175
The Avant-Garde and Societyp. 182
Conclusions--1975p. 186
Conclusions--1986p. 188
Some New Notation Symbolsp. 203
Indexp. 215
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ISBN: 9780193154681
ISBN-10: 0193154684
Series: Avant-Garde Since 1945
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 9th July 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.83 x 14.66  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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