The New Music

The New Music : The Avant-Garde since 1945

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For this second edition of his guide to the more adventurous evolutions of music since 1945, Reginald Smith Brindle has added a new chapter reviewing developments in the decade since the book first appeared. 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 change in compositional techniques.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 146.6 x 208.3 x 13.2mm | 293.61g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • musical examples
  • 0193154684
  • 9780193154681
  • 1,253,686

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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
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