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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.'Read more
- 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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- 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:
2. Schools, excursus: October 1954, Donaueschingen and Cologne
Part II. A Stranger in Paradise?:
4. The Cage shock
5. In Cage's wake
Conclusion: a stranger in paradise?
Chronology of major events at Darmstadt, 1946–61.
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