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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $36.70
  • May 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92021-5
  • 336 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries


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Joseph Auner (Author, Tufts University)

Series edited by Walter Frisch


A concise anthology including a wide range of music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Anthology for Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries, part of the Western Music in Context series, is the ideal companion to Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Twenty-six carefully chosen works—including music by Claude Debussy, Kurt Weill, William Grant Still, Pauline Oliveros, and Chen Yi—offer representative examples of genres and composers of the period. Commentaries following each score present a careful analysis of the music, and online links to purchase and download recordings make listening easier than ever.


Concise analysis

In addition to full scores, the anthology includes concise analyses of the music from both formal and stylistic points of view. Information about form appears in tables, so that students can instantly understand the shape of anthology compositions. In addition to supplying concise analyses, the anthology commentaries also address such issues as sources and performance practice.

Easy access to recordings

A wide range of recording options gives students and instructors flexibility in listening to anthology selections. StudySpace provides links to stream nearly every anthology selection from Naxos (accessible via an institutional subscription or a $25 individual subscription), as well as links to purchase and download recordings from iTunes and Amazon, allowing students to listen to music the way they want. In addition, students can purchase access to, and adopters can request a free DVD of, The Norton Opera Sampler, Norton’s groundbreaking collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera that includes two full hours of opera scenes. 

Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries contents | Anthology Contents

    1. Introduction: A Sense of Possibility

    Part I: From the Turn of the Century to the First World War

    2. Expanding Musical Worlds at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
    3. Making New Musical Languages
    4. Folk Sources, the Primitive, and the Search for Authenticity

    Part II: The Interwar Years

    5. New Music Taking Flight after World War I
    6. Paris, Neo-Classicism, and the Art of the Everyday
    7. The Search for Order and Balance
    8. Inventing Traditions

    Part III: The Second World War and Its Aftermath

    9. Rebuilding amid the Ruins
    10. Electronic Music from Magnetic Tape to the Internet
    11. Trajectories of Order and Chance

    Part IV: From the 1960s to the Present

    12. Texture, Groups, Loops, and Layers
    13. Histories Recollected and Remade
    14. Minimalism and its Repercussions
    15. Border Crossings

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