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Transformations of Musical Modernism

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Julian Johnson, Erling E. Guldbrandsen, Susan McClary, Arnold Whittall, Björn Heile, David Metzer, Michael Cherlin, Jean-Paul Olive, Marion Hestholm, Edward Campbell, Peter Edwards, Samuel Wilson, Arnulf Christian Mattes, Francesca Placanica, Anders Førisdal, Tanja Orning
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  • Date Published: October 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107127210

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  • Profound transformations in the composition, performance and reception of modernist music have taken place in recent decades. This collection brings fresh perspectives to bear upon key questions surrounding the forms that musical modernism takes today, how modern music is performed and heard, and its relationship to earlier music. In sixteen chapters, leading figures in the field and emerging scholars examine modernist music from the inside, in terms of changing practices of composition, musical materials and overarching aesthetic principles, and from the outside, in terms of the changing contextual frameworks in which musical modernism has taken place and been understood. Shaped by a 'rehearing' of modernist music, the picture that emerges redraws the map of musical modernism as a whole and presents a full-scale re-evaluation of what the modernist movement has all been about.

    • Rethinks musical modernism in the light of recent scholarship, offering readers a new understanding of its relation to the history of music
    • Contributors from Europe and North America include leading figures in the field and emerging new voices
    • Chapters are grounded in specific examples of musical composition, performance and reception
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    • Date Published: October 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107127210
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 50 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Julian Johnson and Erling E. Guldbrandsen
    Part I. Rethinking Modernism:
    1. The lure of the sublime: revisiting the modernist project Susan McClary
    2. Return of the repressed: particularity in early and late modernism Julian Johnson
    3. Expressionism revisited: modernism beyond the twentieth century Arnold Whittall
    4. Erik Bergman, cosmopolitanism and the transformation of musical geography Björn Heile
    5. Sharing a stage: the growing proximity between modernism and popular music David Metzer
    Part II. Rewriting Modernism:
    6. Ritual and Eros in James Dillon's Come live with me Michael Cherlin
    7. Montage in modernity: scattered fragments, dynamic fragments Jean-Paul Olive
    8. Transformations of appearance: suddenness and the modernist fragment Marion Hestholm
    9. Rethinking Boulez: schemes, logics and paradigms of musical modernity Edward Campbell
    10. Remembrance and prognosis in the music of György Ligeti Peter Edwards
    11. Valentin Silvestrov and the symphonic monument in ruins Samuel Wilson
    Part III. Replaying Modernism:
    12. Playing with transformations: Boulez's Improvisation III sur Mallarmé Erling E. Guldbrandsen
    13. Performance as critique Arnulf Christian Mattes
    14. 'Unwrapping' the voice: Cathy Berberian and John Cage's Aria Francesca Placanica
    15. Radically idiomatic instrumental practice in works by Brian Ferneyhough Anders Førisdal
    16. The ethics of performance practice in complex music after 1945 Tanja Orning.

  • Editors

    Erling E. Guldbrandsen, Universitetet i Oslo
    Erling E. Guldbrandsen is professor at the Department of Musicology, University of Oslo where he leads the research group, '20/21 - Musical Trajectories Today'. He has carried out research at IRCAM (Paris) and at the Paul Sacher Foundation (Basel) and received the King's Gold Medal for his work on Boulez. His 2006 article on Mahler and Boulez was awarded the Norwegian prize, 'Scientific Article of the Year'. He has published widely on Wagner and musical drama, musical modernism, music history, analysis, performance practice and aesthetic experience.

    Julian Johnson, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Julian Johnson is Regius Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written five books, including Webern and the Transformation of Nature (Cambridge, 1999) and Mahler's Voices (2009). His most recent book, Out of Time: Music and the Making of Modernity (2015), considers music's constitutive relation to modernity from the sixteenth century to the present. In 2005, he was awarded the Dent Medal of the RMA for 'outstanding contributions to musicology' and, in 2013, became the first holder of the Diamond Jubilee Regius Chair of Music.


    Julian Johnson, Erling E. Guldbrandsen, Susan McClary, Arnold Whittall, Björn Heile, David Metzer, Michael Cherlin, Jean-Paul Olive, Marion Hestholm, Edward Campbell, Peter Edwards, Samuel Wilson, Arnulf Christian Mattes, Francesca Placanica, Anders Førisdal, Tanja Orning

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