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Ashgate Studies in Theory and Analysis of Music After 1900


About the Series

The Ashgate Studies in Theory and Analysis of Music After 1900 series celebrates and interrogates the diversity of music composed since 1900, and embraces innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to this repertoire. A recent resurgence of interest in theoretical and analytical readings of music comes in the wake of, and as a response to, the great successes of musicological approaches informed by cultural studies at the turn of the century. This interest builds upon the considerable insights of cultural studies while also recognizing the importance of critical and speculative approaches to music theory and the knowledge-producing potentials of analytical close readings. Proposals for monographs and essay collections are welcomed on music in the classical tradition created after 1900 to the present through the lens of theory and analysis. The series particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies that combine theory and/or analysis with such topical areas as gender and sexuality, post-colonial and migration studies, voice and text, philosophy, technology, politics, and sound studies, to name a few.

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War and Death in the Music of George Crumb A Crisis of Collective Memory

War and Death in the Music of George Crumb: A Crisis of Collective Memory

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Abigail Shupe
September 02, 2022

This book studies George Crumb’s Winds of Destiny (2004) and Black Angels (1970) as artefacts of collective memory and cultural trauma. It situates these two pieces in Crumb’s output and unpacks the complex methodologies needed to understand these pieces as contributions and challenges to ...

Concepts of Time in Post-War European Music

Concepts of Time in Post-War European Music

1st Edition

By Aaron Hayes
May 06, 2022

Concepts of Time in Post-War European Music gives a historical and philosophical account of the discussions of the nature of time and music during the mid-twentieth century. The nature of time was a persistent topic among composers in Paris and Darmstadt in the decades after World War II, one which...

Musics with and after Tonality Mining the Gap

Musics with and after Tonality: Mining the Gap

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Fleet
December 31, 2021

This volume is a journey through musics that emerged at the turn of the 20th Century and were neither exclusively tonal nor serial. They fall between these labels as they are metatonal, being both with and after tonality, in their reconstruction of external codes and gestures of Common Practice ...

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras Intertextuality and Stylization

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras: Intertextuality and Stylization

1st Edition

By Norton Dudeque
September 24, 2021

Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras demonstrates how the composer achieved his own Brazilian neoclassical style in a group of works, nine suites in total, that is arguably one of the best examples of homage to J.S. Bach’s music in the twentieth century. In this book, the corpus of Bachianas ...

The Music of Pavel Haas Analytical and Hermeneutical Studies

The Music of Pavel Haas: Analytical and Hermeneutical Studies

1st Edition

By Martin Čurda
June 25, 2020

The Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899–1944) is commonly positioned in the history of twentieth-century music as a representative of Leoš Janáček’s compositional school and as one of the Jewish composers imprisoned by the Nazis in the concentration camp of Terezín (Theresienstadt). However, the nature...

Compositional Process in Elliott Carter’s String Quartets A Study in Sketches

Compositional Process in Elliott Carter’s String Quartets: A Study in Sketches

1st Edition

By Laura Emmery
November 27, 2019

Compositional Process in Elliott Carter’s String Quartets is an interdisciplinary study examining the evolution and compositional process in Elliott Carter’s five string quartets. Offering a systematic and logical way of unpacking concepts and processes in these quartets that would otherwise remain...

Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy Bright Futures, Dark Pasts

Critical Perspectives on Michael Finnissy: Bright Futures, Dark Pasts

1st Edition

Edited By Ian Pace, Nigel McBride
May 24, 2019

The composer and pianist Michael Finnissy (b. 1946) is an unmistakeable presence in the British and international new music scene, both for his immeasurable generosity as prolific composer for many different types of musicians, major advocate for the works of others, and performer and conductor who...

György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre: Postmodernism, Musico-Dramatic Form and the Grotesque

György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre: Postmodernism, Musico-Dramatic Form and the Grotesque

1st Edition

By Peter Edwards
February 07, 2019

György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (1974–77, revised 1996) has consolidated its position as one of the major operatic works of the twentieth century. Few operas composed since the 1970s have received such numerous productions, bringing the eclectic score to a global audience. Famously dubbed by ...

The Musical Thought and Spiritual Lives of Heinrich Schenker and Arnold Schoenberg

The Musical Thought and Spiritual Lives of Heinrich Schenker and Arnold Schoenberg

1st Edition

By Matthew Arndt
September 14, 2017

This book examines the origin, content, and development of the musical thought of Heinrich Schenker and Arnold Schoenberg. One of the premises is that Schenker’s and Schoenberg’s inner musical lives are inseparable from their inner spiritual lives. Curiously, Schenker and Schoenberg start out in ...

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