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Providing an interesting approach to developments in modernist music - from 1980 onwards - this study also presents an intriguing perspective on the larger history of modernism. Far from being supplanted by a postmodern period, argues David Metzer, modernist idioms remain vital in the contemporary scene. The vitality comes from the ways in which those idioms have extended impulses of modernist styles from the early twentieth century. Since that time, works have participated in lines of inquiry into various compositional and aesthetic topics, particularly the explorations of how to build pieces around such aesthetic ideals as purity and silence and how to deliver and manipulate expressive utterances. Metzer shows how these inquiries have played crucial roles in defining directions taken since 1980, and how, through the inquiries, we can gain a clearer idea of what makes the decades after 1980 a distinct period in the history of modernism.Read more
- Represents a fresh approach to twentieth-century music studies by investigating the continued importance of modernist idioms
- Places contemporary music in the context of the wider history of modernism
- Music examples assist the reader in illustrating key points
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"This well argued book piques one's curiosity"
-J.Behrens, The Pennsylvania Academy of MusicSee more reviews
"A valuable and persuasive contribution to our understanding of contemporary music, and one with which anyone with any investment in this, our own, musical period, should be familiar."
-Mark Sealey, Classical Net Review
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- Date Published: August 2011
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107402805
- length: 266 pages
- dimensions: 244 x 170 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.43kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
2. Modern silence
3. The fragmentary
5. Sonic flux
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