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Modern Music and After - Directions Since 1945 By Paul Griffiths Modern Music and After Directions Since This fully revised new edition re establishes Paul Griffiths s survey as the definitive study of music since the Second World War The disruptions of the war and the struggles of the ensuing peace we
  • Title: Modern Music and After - Directions Since 1945
  • Author: Paul Griffiths
  • ISBN: 9780198165118
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • Modern Music and After - Directions Since 1945 By Paul Griffiths This fully revised new edition re establishes Paul Griffiths s survey as the definitive study of music since the Second World War The disruptions of the war, and the struggles of the ensuing peace, were reflected in the music of the time in Pierre Boulez s radical re forming of compositional technique and in John Cage s move into zen music, in Milton Babbitt s settling oThis fully revised new edition re establishes Paul Griffiths s survey as the definitive study of music since the Second World War The disruptions of the war, and the struggles of the ensuing peace, were reflected in the music of the time in Pierre Boulez s radical re forming of compositional technique and in John Cage s move into zen music, in Milton Babbitt s settling of the serial system, and in Dmitry Shostakovich s unsettling symphonies, in Karlheinz Stockhausen s development of electronic music and in Luigi Nono s pursuit of the universally human, in Iannis Xenakis s view of music as sounding mathematics and in Luciano Berio s consideration of it as language The initiatives of these composers and their contemporaries opened prospects that have continued to unfold This constant expansion of musical thinking since 1945 has left us with no single history of music We live as Griffiths says, among many simultaneous histories His study accordingly follows several different paths, showing how they converge and diverge.
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    1. Paul Griffiths

      Paul Anthony Griffiths, OBE, is a British music critic, novelist and librettist He is particularly noted for his writings on modern classical music and for having written the libretti for two 20th century operas, Tan Dun s Marco Polo and Elliott Carter s What Next enpedia wiki Paul_Gr

    495 thoughts on “Modern Music and After - Directions Since 1945”

    1. Griffiths seems to be at his strongest when elucidating the technical intricacies and aural pleasures to be found in the works of these great composers, which lands this survey of post war music somewhere in the academically pleasurable category It would be safe to assume that those looking to pick up a book on Boulez, Stockhausen and co would be somewhat musically literate, and therefore the assumed knowledge is not too much to ask in this case, though the force of Griffiths writing is enough t [...]


    2. An intelligent overview of recent classical music, but not for the ordinary reader That is due to the nature of the subject The works of most of these composers are so complex and technical that Griffiths cannot simplify the works and still explain them So it s quite worthwhile for someone who has been following 20th century music, especially the works of Ligeti, Cage, Stockhausen, Nono, Berio, etc In fact, we should be thankful tht Griffiths stays informed about what is happening in that world, [...]


    3. MODERN MUSIC AND AFTER is Paul Griffiths survey of the art music scene from 1945 to 1995, a time when music had first gone from limitless optimism for progress after World War II, to the disappointment of the late 1960s, and finally to the thousand forking paths of the 70s and later I found the work interesting as a quick read, though certainly not a useful reference work.The initial hero of Griffiths work is Pierre Boulez, who in post war Paris was certain that the twelve tone method of Schoenb [...]


    4. Perfect for my purposes, in this case, learning about some music that I might like to listen to, and learning a very little about some music with which I m already familiar Griffiths is hamstrung by the actual history of modernist music, and the time in which he was writing the book the story starts out comprehensible and gripping post war composers go to work to invent a new musical language etc , and then, thanks to any number of events both aesthetic e.g discovering the problems with music de [...]


    5. This book was okay, I guess It had some really interesting sections, but the actual NARRATIVE of the book was lacking Some people Boulez and Stockhausen in particular come up a lot and are the main characters, of the book, but about halfway through, the book sort of collapses into a bunch of secondary composers and the reader or at least I didn t really know who I should be remembering for later sections The book also focused on the uptown, composers serialism, Darmsdat, etc and only treats dow [...]


    6. Despite the heinous omission of developments in America outside of the realm of the serialist minimalist persuasions, this is probably the authoratative history of at least Europe s musical development after WWII Griffiths has his biases, and they are well known, but he write about what he knows better than anyone else.


    7. Overall, a good overview of modern music music since 1945 The first half was particularly well written, great detail given to Boulez, Stockhausen, and Cage However, as the book continued on moving away from those composers , it seemed to lose some of its momentum.




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