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20th- & 21st-Century Music
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Composers' Web Sites Books on 20th-Century Music in the Music Library
  • Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music
    The Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century Music is the first appraisal of the development of music in the twentieth century from the vantage-point of the twenty-first. This wide-rangin and eclectic book traces the progressive fragmentation of the European 'art' tradition, and its relocation as one tradition among many at the century's end. While the focus is on Western traditions, both 'art' and popular, these are situated within the context of world music, including a case-study of the interaction of 'art' and traditional music in post-colonial Africa. An international authorship brings a wide variety of approaches to music history, but the aim throughout is to set musical developments in the context of social, ideological, and technological change, and to understand reception and consumption as integral to the history of music.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection (ML197 .C26 2004 )
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  • Music of the Twentieth Century: A Study of Its Elements and Structure
    Ton de Leeuw's lifetime engagement with music, European and Oriental, gives this book its unique insight into what constitutes true modernity and innovation
    • Location(s): Online Access
  • The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
    The scandal over modern music has not died--while paintings by Picasso and Pollock sell for millions of dollars, works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. Yet the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Music critic Alex Ross shines a bright light on this secret world, taking us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, and riots. The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.
    • Location(s): TC Music Library General Collection (ML197 .R76 2007 )
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Online Encyclopdias & Dictionaries with coverage of 20th-Century Music
  • Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Authentication Required
    Available in print and online versions. Search for composer biographies, lengthy articles, & bibliographies under headings such as Atonalism, Aleatoric or Chance Music, Computer Music, Electronic or Electro-Acoustic Music, Expressionism, Modernism, Minimalism, Postmodernism, Post-Tonal Music, 20th-Century Music, 21st-Century Music, Serialism & Post-Serialism, Twelve-Tone Music, Spectral Music, Stochastic Music, etc.
    • Location(s): ML100 .N48
    MUSIC Reference
  • Oxford Music Online Authentication Required
    A gateway capable of cross-searching all of Oxford's online music-reference resources, including all Oxford's music dictionaries, as well as Grove Music Online and the Encyclopedia of Popular Music.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online - Music Collection Authentication Required
    Online collection of monographs covering a broad range of music scholarship, including musicology and different eras of music history, ethnomusicology, and music theory. Includes classic works, fundamental texts, and recently published titles.


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