Music of the Twentieth-century Avant-garde: A Biocritical Sourcebook

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Larry Sitsky
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 660 pages
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Presenting a view of the 20th-century music avant-garde without resorting to highly specialized jargon, this work offers an exhaustive history and analysis of contemporary music in a social, political, and artistic context. Distinguished contributors from around the world consider specific composers who represent the most progressive musical thinking of their time and place. Editor Larry Sitsky, an eminent Australian composer and teacher, has assembled an accessible, unique, and clearly written collection.

Also exploring the links among this diverse group of composers, the guide offers a cross-index of names that will help the researcher formulate a cohesive view of the 20th-century avant-garde. A bibliography and list of selected works round out the volume, which succeeds in demystifying an area that, until now, has been the exclusive province only of the specialist.

  

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`marinetti's concept of 'words at liberty' characterized futurist poetry. syntax was fractured, sounds like 'zang tumb tuuumb' were incorporated, and the arrangement of words on the page who also sought to destroy the past, for example, through other aspects of their ideology. internationalism, pacifism, and nihilism contrasted with that of the futurists. the redefinition oand reconstruction of language was also a key part of russian futurism, launched by vladimir mayakovsky in 1912 with the manifesto 'a slap in the face for public taste.' the russians also adopted the italian's love of technology, though nationalism and militarism were absent. marinetti visited russia in 1914 as did russolo with his noise intoners.` (pg. 381) 

Contents

Robert Ashley 1930
11
Milton Babbitt 1916
17
Henk Badings 19071987
23
Jean Barraqué 19281973
31
Béla Bartók 18811945
43
Alban Berg 18851935
50
Luciano Berio 1925
60
Boris Blacher 19031975
68
Conlon Nancarrow 19121997
319
Luigi Nono 19241990
329
Nikolai Obukhov 18921954
339
Pauline Oliveros 1932
345
Leo Ornstein 18922002
351
Arvo Pärt 1935
358
Harry Partch 19011974
365
Krzysztof Penderecki 1933
373

Pierre Boulez 1925
77
Ferruccio Busoni 18661924
85
John Cage 19121992
91
Cornelius Cardew 19361981
99
Elliot Carter Jr 1908
103
Henry Cowell 18971965
112
Luigi Dallapiccola 19041975
117
Claude Debussy 18621918
124
Morton Feldman 19261987
131
Brian Ferneyhough 1943
138
Kenneth Gaburo 19261993
144
Roberto Gerhard 18961970
151
George Gershwin 18981937
159
Philip Glass 1937
168
Efim Golyschev 18971970
173
Percy Grainger 18821961
177
Sofia Gubaidulina 1931
183
Alois Hába 18931973
190
Josef Hauer 18831959
197
Lejaren Hiller 19241994
203
Alan Hovhaness 19112000
211
Charles Edward Ives 18741954
217
Leoš Janácek 18541928
224
Ernst Krenek 19001991
236
La Monte Young 1935
246
György Ligeti 1923
254
Arthur Lourié 18921966
264
Alvin Lucier1931
269
Otto Luening 1900
275
Witold Lutoslawski 19131994
282
Gustav Mahler 18601911
291
Olivier Messiaen 19081992
299
Darius Milhaud 18921974
305
Aleksandr Vasilyevich Mosolov 19001973
314
Francesco Balilla Pratella 18801955
380
Steve Reich 1936
385
Terry Riley 1935
391
Nikolay Roslavets 18811944
398
Dane Rudhyar 18951985
404
Carl Ruggles 18761971
409
Luigi Russolo 18851947
415
Mordecai Sandberg 18971973
420
Erik Satie 18661925
425
Pierre Schaeffer 19101995 and Pierre Henry 1927
432
R Murray Schafer 1933
446
Alfred Schnittke 19341998
455
Arnold Schoenberg 18741951
463
Dmitry Shostakovich 19061975
470
Aleksandr Skryabin 18711915
480
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji 18921988
487
Karlheinz Stockhausen 1928
493
Igor Stravinsky 18821971
500
Tôru Takemitsu 19301996
508
Vladimir Ussachevsky 19111990
525
Edgard Varèse 18831965
530
Wladimir Vogel 18961984
537
Ivan Vyshnegradsky 18931979
544
Anton Webern 18831945
548
Kurt Weill 19001950
554
Christian Wolff 1934
561
Stefan Wolpe 19021972
569
Iannis Xenakis 19222001
581
Isang Yun 19171995
586
Frank Zappa 19401993
593
Bernd Zimmermann 19181970
599
Index
607
About the Editor and Contributors
649
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LARRY SITSKY is a noted Australian composer, pianist, musicologist, and educator. His list of works ranges from grand opera and symphony to keyboard miniatures, and his musicological investigations include many books on such subjects as Rubinstein, the Russian Avant-Garde, and reproducing piano rolls.

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