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Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America (The Norton Introduction to Music History) 0th Edition
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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.
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.
Here is the boring story. Before this, I was already a Mozart fan, respected the rest, and actually knew a little about Stravinsky's major works. I tried studying the content chronologically, with two text books and some anthology CD sets. I might have quit at the chants, could have split at Baroque, but got saved by Mozart (again). In the meantime, I was falling under the spell of the other books, especially Alex Ross's THE REST IS NOISE. His narrative mix of light history, cultural context, and well placed snippets of humor and interesting quotes made me realize that the eclectic and fast shifting 20th century would hold my interests like no other single era. So I made a point of buying literally every book in the used market (always hardcover; wanted a nice library). Wow, that is a LOT of books! Fortunately most of them are inexpensive on the after market, only a handful of them are keeps, and all of them have been good trade bait at the local book store -- or worthy donations to the city's library Friends program.
Brings us to this book. This is one of the about eight, out of as many as 10 books, that I consider keepers in the shelf on my personal library dedicated to 20th century music.Read more ›
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I got this book not too long ago but it was in great condition and I am glad that I got it in such a good dealPublished on March 1, 2014 by Rodrigo Cortes
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... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Carlos Rojas Arancibia