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Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America (The Norton Introduction to Music History) Hardcover – January 17, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0393952728 ISBN-10: 039395272X Edition: 0th

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Robert P. Morgan, historian, composer, and theorist, received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and is currently on the music faculty at Yale University.
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  • Series: The Norton Introduction to Music History
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039395272X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393952728
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on May 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Morgan's book is the best that I have found for an overview of the entire 20th century in "classical" music. He divides his analysis into 3 logical sections:

Part 1. Beyond Tonality: From 1900 to World War I

Part 2. Reconstruction and New Systems: Between the Wars

Part 3. Innovation and Fragmentation: From WWII to the Present

This allows for some nuance that a simple list of composers often misses. For instance, Schoenberg's "atonal revolution" is covered in Part 1, along with the "new tonalities" of Stravinsky and Bartok. Part 2 covers the origin of the "twelve-tone system," but makes clear that it did not become influential until years later with the "serial revolution" in France, led by Messiaen and Boulez, in Part 3.

As others have noted, Morgan is not as strong on the more recent period, partly because the book was published in 1991 and thus misses such phenomena as Schnittke's surge of popularity, especially in Russia and Europe, after the collapse of the Soviet regime.

I recommend two other books along with Morgan: 1) Gann's American Music in the Twentieth Century, which covers developments in the U.S. in greater detail, thus including for instance one of my favorites, Roger Reynolds, and 2) Griffiths' masterful Modern Music and After, which begins after the Second World War.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 1997
Format: Hardcover
As we end the 20th century, we may not realize that 20th
century music covers the same time span as the 19th
century Romantic music period. Have we grasped the meaning
of modern music. To do this one needs to understand the
history as well as the dynamics of 20th century music.

Here is a book that fills the bill. Not only does Mr. Morgan
discuss the growth and change in 20th century music but he
does it in it's historical context of our maturing as a
world. For many the atonality of 20th century music is hard
to grasp, especially when concert artists and orchestras
continue to emphasize in their repatoire 19th century music. But as the world changes so will music. A book to awaken your interest in 20th century music and the composers who were the leaders of this period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Rojas Arancibia on June 5, 2013
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if you want to get into the XX century music, this is for you. all the information is very well organized, the quality of the book is amazing, the paper very white and great printing process.
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