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New Music at Darmstadt
Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez


Part of Music since 1900

  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107480018

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  • New Music at Darmstadt explores the rise and fall of the so-called 'Darmstadt School', through a wealth of primary sources and analytical commentary. Martin Iddon's book examines the creation of the Darmstadt New Music Courses and the slow development and subsequent collapse of the idea of the Darmstadt School, showing how participants in the West German new music scene, including Herbert Eimert and a range of journalistic commentators, created an image of a coherent entity, despite the very diverse range of compositional practices on display at the courses. The book also explores the collapse of the seeming collegiality of the Darmstadt composers, which crystallised around the arrival there in 1958 of the most famous, and notorious, of all post-war composers, John Cage, an event Carl Dahlhaus opined 'swept across the European avant-garde like a natural disaster'.

    • Provides a comprehensive narrative treatment of multiple serialism at the Darmstadt New Music Courses - the primary symbolic institutional bastion of the new music in post-war Europe
    • Shows the wide range of different compositional practices of the composers gathered at Darmstadt, and how those ideas were gathered together under the banner the 'Darmstadt School'
    • Demonstrates a range of ways in which John Cage had an impact upon the West German new music scene and helps to explain some of the reasons for the curiously violent reception of Cage in the European context
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107480018
    • length: 354 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 4 b/w illus. 11 tables 16 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: music after catastrophe
    Part I. The Accidental Serialists:
    1. Arrivals
    2. Schools, excursus: October 1954, Donaueschingen and Cologne
    Part II. A Stranger in Paradise?:
    3. Pre-cursors
    4. The Cage shock
    5. In Cage's wake
    Conclusion: a stranger in paradise?
    Chronology of major events at Darmstadt, 1946–61.

  • Author

    Martin Iddon, University of Leeds
    Martin Iddon is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Leeds. He previously lectured at University College Cork and Lancaster University, and studied composition and musicology at the Universities of Durham and Cambridge. His musicological research largely focuses on post-war music in Germany and the United States of America, and has been published in numerous leading journals, including Musical Quarterly, Twentieth-Century Music and the Contemporary Music Review. His music has been performed in Europe, North America and Australasia, and has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Radio New Zealand and the Österreichischer Rundfunk.

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