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Postmodernism in Music


Part of Cambridge Introductions to Music

  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521151573

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  • Postmodernism is a term that has been used extensively to describe general trends and specific works in many different cultural contexts, including literature, cinema, architecture and the visual arts. This introduction clarifies the term and explores its relevance for music through discussion of specific musical examples from the 1950s to the present day, providing an engagement between theory and practice. Overall, this book equips students with a thorough understanding of this complex but important topic in music studies. It: • outlines and addresses the problems of defining what we mean by postmodernism • explores when postmodernism begins • engages with a broad range of literature and reference sources, inviting wider reading and thinking • uses specific musical examples to present ways of interpreting music that can be defined as postmodernist

    • Addresses postmodernism – a key area of study in musicology – in an accessible and user-friendly way, providing students with a thorough grounding in this topic
    • Uses numerous examples of postmodern music within the discussion, allowing an engagement between theory and practice
    • Covers areas including the contemporary music styles of minimalism, the use of new music technology and integration with other arts
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521151573
    • length: 217 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 173 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 27 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introducing postmodernism
    2. Postmodern musicology – postmodern music
    3. From anti-modernism to postmodern nostalgia
    4. The challenge of the past
    5. The music of George Rochberg: from modern serialism to postmodern pastiche
    6. The music of John Zorn: 'a postmodernism of resistance'
    7. Blurring the boundaries
    8. The music of Sofia Gubaidulina (and others): 'as if the history of music were at an end'
    9. Repetitions and revisions: from bebop to hip-hop

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Commonwealth of the Arts: Enlightment to Contemporary
    • Music History IV
    • Music in the Contemporary Period
  • Author

    Kenneth Gloag, Cardiff University
    Kenneth Gloag is Reader in Musicology at Cardiff University.

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