British Music and Modernism, 1895-1960

British Music and Modernism, 1895-1960

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Imaginative analytical and critical work on British music of the early twentieth century has been hindered by perceptions of the repertory as insular in its references and backward in its style and syntax, escaping the modernity that surrounded its composers. Recent research has begun to break down these perceptions and has found intriguing links between British music and modernism. This book brings together contributions from scholars working in analysis, hermeneutics, reception history, critical theory and the history of ideas. Three overall themes emerge from its chapters: accounts of British reactions to Continental modernism and the forms they took; links between music and the visual arts; and analysis and interpretation of compositions in the light of recent theoretical work on form, tonality and pitch organization... with the classical model, creating a sense of security at the level of tonal design that is antithetical to the modernist tonal ... As Chris Walton points out, Vaughan Williams held that a composer was not a leader but a servant of the community, 6 anbsp;...

Title:British Music and Modernism, 1895-1960
Author:Matthew Riley
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2010


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