British Musical Modernism

British Musical Modernism

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British Musical Modernism explores the works of eleven key composers to reveal the rapid shifts of expression and technique that transformed British art music in the post-war period. Responding to radical avant-garde developments in post-war Europe, the Manchester Group composers - Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Harrison Birtwistle - and their contemporaries assimilated the serial-structuralist preoccupations of mid-century internationalism to an art grounded in resurgent local traditions. In close readings of some thirty-five scores, Philip Rupprecht traces a modernism suffused with the formal elegance of the 1950s, the exuberant theatricality of the 1960s, and - in the works of David Bedford and Tim Souster - the pop, minimalist, and live-electronic directions of the early 1970s. Setting music-analytic insights against a broader social-historical backdrop, Rupprecht traces a British musical modernism that was at once a collective artistic endeavor, and a sounding myth of national identity.a€œFerneyhougha#39;s a#39;Sonatas, a#39;a€ Tempo 121 (June 1977), 34a€“6. Ford, Andrew. Composer to Composer: Conversations about contemporary music. St. Leonards, NSW: Allen and Unwin, 1993. Ford, Boris (ed.). The Cambridge Cultural History of Britain, IX: Modern Britain. Cambridge University Press, 1992. Ford, Christopher. a€œGordon Crosse ... Fuller, Buckminster. Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth.

Title:British Musical Modernism
Author:Philip Rupprecht
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2015-07-09


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