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Music in Germany since 1968

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  • Date Published: July 2013
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  • isbn: 9781107069312

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  • Music in Germany since 1968 modifies the dominant historiography of music in post-war Germany by shifting its axis from the years of reconstruction after 1945 to the era following the events of 1968. Arguing that the social transformations of 1968 led to a new phase of music in Germany, Alastair Williams examines the key topics, including responses to serialism, music and politics, and the re-evaluation of tradition. The book devotes central chapters to Helmut Lachenmann and Wolfgang Rihm, as focal points for areas such as postmodernism, musical semiotics and action-based gestures. Further chapters widen the scope by considering the precursors and contemporaries of Rihm and Lachenmann, especially in relation to the idea of historical inclusion. Williams's study also assesses the development of the Darmstadt summer courses, addresses the significance of German reunification, and considers the role of Germany in a new stage of musical modernism.

    • The first study in any language to explore and contextualise new music in Germany since 1968
    • Offers the first English-language overview of leading European composers Wolfgang Rihm and Helmut Lachenmann
    • Discusses responses to serialism, music and politics, and the reconsideration of tradition, blending historical, critical and analytical approaches
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    • Date Published: July 2013
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781107069312
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 4 tables 35 music examples
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Contexts and institutions
    2. Expanded horizons: established composers after 1968
    3. The refusal of habit: Helmut Lachenmann
    4. Music and signs: Wolfgang Rihm
    5. Contemporaries of Lachenmann and Rihm: the younger generation
    Epilogue.

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    Alastair Williams, Keele University
    Alastair Williams is Reader in Music at Keele University. He is the author of New Music and the Claims of Modernity (1997) and Constructing Musicology (2001); and a contributor to The Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002) and The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music (2004). He has also published articles in a wide range of music journals, including Music and Letters, Music Analysis and twentieth-century music.

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