Tonality in Modern Music (Classic Reprint)

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The following study was written within a few months. But its content developed as the result of almost a life time's search. Thus a few words about the idea which motivated the search may be justified.

This book is meant as a plea and stimulation for that part of the contemporary compositional endeavour which is outspokenly modern in style, perhaps even radically modern, yet at the same time attempts to retain and renew the vitality of expression and human appeal that always characterized great music. In this sense the book may find itself somewhat in opposition to compositional manifesta tions derived from the concept of atonality and some tech niques affiliated with it. But it will also, and perhaps even more strongly, be in Opposition to those contrary tenden cies that seek a solution in aesthetic eclecticism, in the necessarily futile attempt to fill old shells with artistic life. Instead, the book will set up an artistic goal of its own, neither tied to the rigidity of a new structural scheme, nor directed towards musical formations of the past. Though, therefore, the impulse behind the following deductions is an aesthetic and spiritual one, the presentation of this im pulse may often inevitably assume a technical character. However, the reader will understand that the technical terms are merely formulations through which ln the musi eiau's vernacular the artistic and human ideas, which are the real issue in this study, can be more accurately de scribed.

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Publisher - Forgotten Books

Language - English

Author(s) - Rudolph Reti


Published Date - August 27 2019

ISBN - 9780331474251

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4 cm

Page Count - 193

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