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Publisher Comments:

This fully revised new edition re-establishes Paul Griffiths'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 reforming 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 Stockhausen'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. Paul Griffiths's study accordingly follows several different paths, showing how and why 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, Gyorgy Kurtag, Harrison Birtwistle, and Gyorgy Ligeti. Publication and recording details are given for the works of all these composers and many others. For its breadth and 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.

Synopsis:

Having examined the areas of musical change in the post-World War II period, Paul Griffiths investigates the diverse directions taken by over 50 composers since 1960, from computer music to opera. This edition has been updated to include a new section covering music from the 1980s to the present.

About the Author

The author of numerous books on music, and for many years chief music critic on The Times, Paul Griffiths now writes regularly for The New Yorker. He is the author of Bartok (Master Musicians Series, J.M. Dent, 1984), Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20th-Century Music (1986), Stravinsky (Master Musicians, 1992), and a contributor to The Oxford Illustrated History of Opera (1994).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780198165118
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
History and criticism
Author:
Griffiths, Paul
Author:
null, Paul
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Pop Vocal
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Subject:
Music | Music History, Western | Contemporary
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music-Popular Performers
Publication Date:
19960411
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
79 music examples
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
6.19 x 9.13 x 0.86 in

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"Synopsis" by , Having examined the areas of musical change in the post-World War II period, Paul Griffiths investigates the diverse directions taken by over 50 composers since 1960, from computer music to opera. This edition has been updated to include a new section covering music from the 1980s to the present.
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