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