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  • 4 b/w illus. 1 music example
  • Page extent: 838 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 1.28 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 780/.9/04
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: ML197 .C26 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Music--20th century--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521662567 | ISBN-10: 0521662567)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published September 2004

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At the beginning of the twentieth century 'music' meant the 'art' tradition of Western Europe and North America; by the end of the century that was just one tradition among many. Written by a group of experts in the field, this book surveys what happened to the Western 'art' tradition alongside the development of jazz, popular music, and world music, linking the history of music with that of its social contexts.

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Introduction: trajectories of twentieth-century music Nicholas Cook with Anthony Pople; 1. Peripheries and interfaces: the Western impact on other music Jonathan Stock; 2. Music of a century: museum culture and the politics of subsidy Leon Botstein; 3. Innovation and the avant-garde, 1900–20 Christopher Butler; 4. Music, text and stage: the tradition of bourgeois tonality to the Second World War Stephen Banfield; 5. Classic jazz to 1945 James Lincoln Collier; 6. Flirting with the vernacular: America in Europe, 1900–1945 Susan C. Cook; 7. Between the wars: traditions, modernisms, and the 'little people from the suburbs' Peter Franklin; 8. Brave new worlds: experimentalism between the wars David Nicholls; 9. Proclaiming a mainstream: Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern Joseph Auner; 10. Rewriting the past: classicisms of the inter-war period Hermann Danuser; 11. Music of seriousness and commitment: the 1930s and beyond Michael Walter; 12. Other mainstreams: light music and easy listening, 1920–70 Derek B. Scott; 13. New beginnings: the international avant-garde, 1945–62 David Osmond-Smith; 14. Individualism and accessibility: the moderate mainstream, 1945–75 Arnold Whittall; 15. After swing: modern jazz and its impact Mervyn Cooke; 16. Music of the youth revolution: rock through the 1960s Robynn Stilwell; 17. Expanding horizons: the international avant-garde, 1962–75 Richard Toop; 18. To the millennium: music as twentieth-century commodity Andrew Blake; 19. Ageing of the new: the museum of musical modernism Alastair Williams; 20. (Post-)minimalisms, 1975–2000: the search for a new mainstream Robert Fink; 21. History and class consciousness: pop music towards 2000 Dai Griffiths; 22. 'Art' music in a cross-cultural context: the case of Africa Martin Scherzinger; Appendix 1. Personalia Peter Elsdon with Björn Heile; Appendix 2. Chronology Peter Elsdon and Peter Jones.


"Among the invaluable appendixes are "Personalia" (ABBA to Zwilich) and a 101-year chronology listing first performances/recordings along with other musical, cultural, and sociopolitical events. Highly recommended." CHOICE May 2005

"There is no doubt that this hefty single-volume history of music in the twentieth century is a brave and ambitious undertaking … fascinating … authoritative … compelling critical reappraisal … passionate … thought-provoking and challenging in their reassessment of the concept of the mainstream in twentieth-century music histories, and in their rethinking of how to tell selected aspects of those histories."
Twentieth-Century Music


Nicholas Cook, Anthony Pople, Jonathan Stock, Leon Botstein, Christopher Butler, Stephen Banfield, James Lincoln Collier, Susan C. Cook, Peter Franklin, David Nicholls, Joseph Auner, Hermann Danuser, Michael Walter, Derek B. Scott, David Osmond-Smith, Arnold Whittall, Mervyn Cooke, Robynn Stilwell, Richard Toop, Andrew Blake, Alastair Williams, Robert Fink, Dai Griffiths, Martin Scherzinger, Peter Elsdon, Björn Heile, Peter Jones

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