Sign up for offers & news
Enter your email address to receive news and special offers.
- Shop >
- Styles & genres>
- Western "classical" music>
- 20th century & contemporary classical music
The Legacy of Johann Strauss examines constructions of Austrian identity through an examination of commentary on Johann Strauss, Jr's waltzes. Zoe Alexis Lang argues that Strauss's music remained popular because it continued to be revitalised by Austrians seeking to define their culture.
With Occasional Pieces, composer Christian Wolff brings together a collection of his most notable writings and interviews from 1950 to the present, shining a new light on American music of the second half of the twentieth century. Included are profiles of Wolff's experimentalist contemporaries, including John Cage, Morton Feldman, David...
Thomas Schuttenhelm's book presents a comprehensive commentary on Michael Tippett's orchestral music. Narrated by the composer's letters and writings, and supported by evidence from his sketchbooks and manuscripts, this study of his creative cycles explores the intentions of the composer, and the multiplicity of meanings that reside within his works.
Elliott Carter's extraordinarily long musical career has engaged with many musical developments of the twentieth century. This collection of essays presents a diverse set of viewpoints on Carter's music, from the neo-classicism of the interwar period, through post-war modernism, to the reshaping of a modernist aesthetic in his late style.
By Brigid Cohen
The German-Jewish emigre composer Stefan Wolpe was a vital figure in the history of modernism, with affiliations ranging from the Bauhaus to bebop to Black Mountain College. This first full-length study of this often overlooked composer brings together perspectives from the fields of music, visual art, literature and migration.
Alastair Williams provides the first English-language overview of Helmut Lachenmann and Wolfgang Rihm, and considers established figures such as Henze, Kagel and Stockhausen. The book goes on to reveal the impact of the 1968 social movements on music, assesses the renewal of tradition, and addresses the significance of German reunification.
By Robert Carl
Kramer was one of the most visionary musical thinkers of the second half of the 20th century. In his The Time of Music, he approached the idea of the many different ways that time itself is articulated musically. This book has become influential among composers, theorists, and aestheticians. Now, in...
What is experimental music today? This book offers an up to date survey of this field for anyone with an interest, from seasoned practitioners to curious readers. This book takes the stance that experimental music is not a limited historical event, but is a proliferation of approaches to sound that...
By Philip Glass
Whether recalling Philip Glass experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, traveling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese, this book affirms the power of music to change the world.