The Modernist Legacy: Essays on New Music

Heile, B. (Ed.) (2009) The Modernist Legacy: Essays on New Music. Ashgate: Farnham. ISBN 9780754662600

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This collection of essays offers a historical reappraisal of what musical modernism was, and what its potential for the present and future could be. It thus moves away from the binary oppositions that have beset twentieth-century music studies in the past, such as those between modernism and postmodernism, between conceptions of musical autonomy and of cultural contingency and between formalist-analytical and cultural-historical approaches. Focussing particularly on music from the 1970s to the 1990s, the volume assembles approaches from different perspectives to new music with a particular emphasis on a critical reassessment of the meaning and function of the legacy of musical modernism. The authors include scholars, musicologists and composers who combine culturally, socially, historically and aesthetically oriented approaches with analytical methods in imaginative ways. While the depiction of musical modernism that emerges is on the whole more positive than what has been prevalent in recent musicological discussions, this does not mean that the contributors are unanimous or uncritical. On the contrary, there is a considerable variety of viewpoints, including critiques of aspects of modernism, at times undertaken from positions that could be described as postmodernist. It is this kind of critical debate on modernism that the book intends to foster.

Item Type:Edited Books
Additional Information:This book was reprinted in paperback form in 2016 ISBN: 9781138259836.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heile, Professor Bjorn
Subjects:M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Music
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