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Music since the First World War Paperback – June 29, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0198165330 ISBN-10: 0198165331

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"[A] stimulating survey of more than 30 composers."--The Musical Times

"An excellent, balanced survey of the most important developments of music this century that should appeal to student and informed amateur alike."--Composer

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Arnold Whittall, Professor of Music, King's College, London.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 29, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198165331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198165330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,844,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark Grindell on June 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
Whittall starts with the basic premise that the Wagnerian era, being over, was replaced by two basic schools, that of Schoenburg, Berg, and Webern, and Tonalists such as Stravinsky, Bartok, Sibelius, Nielson, and other mid century symphonists. His approach is to treat these composers as the pivotal characters spanning the very important years between the beginning of post romantic disillusionment and the more modern era.
He treats music after this point in a more brief fashion. Picking seven composer, (amongst them Berio, Stockhausen, Messaien and Xenakis) he discusses them not as the originators of specific schools of thought, but examples of highly individual exponents of very recently developed art. From this point of view, his treatment is highly effective, albeit somewhat brief.
What might be missing now, from the perspective of the passage of about twenty years since this book was originally published, is the inevitable acknowledgement that in fact several major identifiable contemporary movements now exist, and probably merit the sort of treatment in the first section of the book devoted to the giants. Mr Whitalls selection of modern composers shows tremendous foresight - these individuals have indeed become very important, almost as pivotal as the earlier generation of composers documented.
The book is absolutely exemplary in its detail and objective documentation of a very complex and often hard to research subject. I read this when I was 17 and gained an incalculable amount from it.
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