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Music in Germany Since 1968

Williams, Alastair

Published by Cambridge University Press
ISBN 10: 0521877598 / ISBN 13: 9780521877596
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Title: Music in Germany Since 1968

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Hardcover

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Alastair Williams argues that the social transformations of 1968 led to a new phase of art music in Germany. Series: Music Since 1900. Num Pages: 290 pages, 4 b/w illus. 4 tables 35 music examples. BIC Classification: 1DFG; 3JJP; 3JM; AVGC6. Category: (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 252 x 181 x 21. Weight in Grams: 706. . 2013. Hardcover. . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780521877596

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Synopsis: 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.

Book Description: Alastair Williams provides the first English-language overview of Helmut Lachenmann and Wolfgang Rihm, and considers established figures such as Henze, Kagel and Stockhausen. The book goes on to reveal the impact of the 1968 social movements on music, assesses the renewal of tradition, and addresses the significance of German reunification.

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