Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials, Literature

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This text presents a challenging and comprehensive survey of the music of the postwar periods. Written in a concise and engaging style, the authors encourage students to re-examine aesthetic assumptions and cultural biases as they explore the rich diversity of music in our time.

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Preface. Acknowledgments. Introduction. PART I: PRECEDENTS, INFLUENCE, AND EARLY POSTWAR TRENDS. 1. Composers and Audiences. 2. Precedents and Influences Music from 1890 to 1945. 3. New Ways of Listening: The "Loudspeaker Revolution". 4. New Concepts and Tools. 5. The Early Postwar Years. 6. Pieces for Study I. PART II: NEW AESTHETIC APPROACHES. 7. "Order" and "Chaos". 8. The Electronic Revolution I: Tape Composition and early Synthesizers. 9. Multimedia and Total Theater. 10. Texture, Mass, and Density. 11. Non-Western Musical Influences. 12. Pieces for Study II. PART III: MORE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. 13. Collage and Quotation. 14. The Resurgence of Tonality. 15. New Views of Performance: Space, Ritual, and Play. 16. Process and Minimalism. 17. The Electronic Revolution II: Computers and Digital Systems. 18. Pieces for Study III. PART IV: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS. 19. Notation, Improvisation, and Composition. 20. Composers and National Traditions. 21. Pieces for Study IV: A Panorama of Works by Genre. Select Bibliography. Select Discography. Index.

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Music Since 1945 presents a challenging and comprehensive survey of the music of the postwar period. Written in a concise and engaging style, this text encourages readers to re-examine aesthetic assumptions and cultural biases as they explore the rich diversity of music in our time.

Elliot Schwartz is professor of music at Bowdoin College.

Daniel Godfrey teaches at Syracuse University.

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