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Serial Music, Serial Aesthetics
Compositional Theory in Post-War Europe

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Part of Music in the Twentieth Century

  • Date Published: June 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521619929

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  • Composers of serial music in post-war Europe wrote almost as much about music as the music itself, but the relationship between theory and practice in the work of key figures like Stockhausen, Eimert, Pousseur and Schnebel has often been misrepresented. Focusing on the controversial journal Die Reihe, this book traces serialism's cultural history, its debt to the artistic theories of Klee and Mondrian, and its relationship to contemporary developments in concrete art, poetry and information aesthetics. It sketches a aesthetic theory of serialism as an experimental music.

    • Discussion of topics central to contemporary musicology: the rhetoric of music theory; the relationship of music to language; musical semiotics
    • Covers key figures whose work has been rarely discussed, including Herbert Eimert, Henri Pousseur and Dieter Schnebel
    • Extensive reference to the nonmusical arts and aesthetics
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    "provocative...rich and allusive...one of the key set academic texts on serialisation...Grant constantly seeks to demystify, and she writes with considerable elegance and conviction." - Music Teacher

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    • Date Published: June 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521619929
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 188 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 5 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Note on the text
    Introduction
    Part I:
    1. European culture in the post-war years
    2. The isolated tone: electronic and serial music, 1945–1954
    Part II:
    3. Electronic music - 'chaos or order'?
    4. Webern and Debussy
    Part III:
    5. Serial music as an aleatoric process
    6. 'Das Serielle'
    Part IV:
    7. Music and language
    8. Serial theory, serial practice - wherefore, and why?
    Part V: Conclusion: Dorthin?
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    M. J. Grant
    M. J. Grant specialises in new and experimental music and is currently working on a 3-year experimental music project in Berlin.

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