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Musical Modernism at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century [Hardcover]

David Metzer

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Nov. 30 2009 0521517796 978-0521517799 1
Providing an interesting approach to developments in modernist music - from 1980 onwards - this 2009 study also presents an intriguing perspective on the larger history of modernism. Far from being supplanted by a postmodern period, argues David Metzer, modernist idioms remain vital in the contemporary scene. The vitality comes from the ways in which those idioms have extended impulses of modernist styles from the early twentieth century. Since that time, works have participated in lines of inquiry into various compositional and aesthetic topics, particularly the explorations of how to build pieces around such aesthetic ideals as purity and silence and how to deliver and manipulate expressive utterances. Metzer shows how these inquiries have played crucial roles in defining directions taken since 1980, and how, through the inquiries, we can gain a clearer idea of what makes the decades after 1980 a distinct period in the history of modernism.

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"This well argued book piques one's curiosity"
-J.Behrens, The Pennsylvania Academy of Music

"A valuable and persuasive contribution to our understanding of contemporary music, and one with which anyone with any investment in this, our own, musical period, should be familiar."
-Mark Sealey, Classical Net Review

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In this 2009 book, David Metzer provides intriguing perspectives on both developments in music from 1980 onwards and the larger history of modernism, showing how modernist idioms remain vital in the contemporary scene. The study investigates what makes the decades after 1980 a distinct period in the history of modernism.

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