Landmarks in Music Since 1950

Landmarks in Music Since 1950

Schoenberg's death in 1951 marked the end of an era which has been dominated by some of the most radical artistic re-thinking and innovation since the Renaissance. The second half of the century saw a new generation of composers, schooled at Darmstadt, Cologne, Paris, Cracow, Manchester and elsewhere, which began to make its mark on the development of European and world music. The revolutionary pulpit of Schoenberg had become the play-pen of Boulez and Stockhausen. This series of handbooks devoted to single seminal compositions or groups of works by important composers who have been active since 1950 fills a major gap in current music literature. Well-informed, focused commentaries that are more detailed than record notes, give readers an enhanced understanding and appreciation of some of the most significant musical achievements of the last half-century. Each handbook features: · A general introduction to the choice of work under discussion · Details of the commission and composition history · Contextual discussion of stylistic, generic and international influences and precedents · A description and analysis of the work · A survey of its reception · A bibliography and discography · CD recording

  • Louis Andriessen: De Staat book cover

    Louis Andriessen: De Staat

    By Robert Adlington

    Louis Andriessen is one of the foremost composers in the world today. His music, with its distinctive blend of jazz, minimalism, Stravinsky and the European avant-garde, has attracted wide audiences internationally and made him a sought-after teacher among younger generations of composers. De Staat…

    Hardback – 2017-07-03
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story book cover

    Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story

    By Nigel Simeone

    One of the Broadway musicals that can genuinely claim to have transformed the genre, West Side Story has been featured in many books on Broadway, but it has yet to be the focus of a scholarly monograph. Nigel Simeone begins by exploring the long process of creating West Side Story, including a…

    Paperback – 2017-05-31
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Robert Saxton: Caritas book cover

    Robert Saxton: Caritas

    By Wyndham Thomas

    Caritas relates the 'true', yet largely undocumented story of Christine Carpenter, a 14th-century anchoress who moves towards insanity as her desire for a divine revelation continues to be unfulfilled after a period of three years locked in her cell. Although physically isolated, she is aware of…

    Paperback – 2017-05-22
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zeitmaße book cover

    Karlheinz Stockhausen: Zeitmaße

    By Jerome Kohl

    Zeitmaße is one of a group of four acknowledged masterpieces composed between 1955 and 1957 that together established Karlheinz Stockhausen as the leading figure in the European avant-garde. Of the four works, it is the only one that has not been thoroughly analysed from the composer's sketches and…

    Hardback – 2016-12-05
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Thomas Adès: Asyla book cover

    Thomas Adès: Asyla

    By Edward Venn

    Thomas Adès (b. 1971) is an established international figure, both as composer and performer, with popular and critical acclaim and admiration from around the world. Edward Venn examines in depth one of Adès’s most significant works so far, his orchestral Asyla (1997). Its blend of virtuosic…

    Hardback – 2016-11-24
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg book cover

    Iannis Xenakis: Kraanerg

    By James Harley

    Kraanerg by Iannis Xenakis is one of the most important works of the post-1950 era. James Harley, a leading Xenakis scholar, presents the genesis of Kraanerg, from the granting of the commission to the choreographer, to the selection of Xenakis as composer, to the premiere, recording, and…

    Pack - Book & CD – 2015-08-28
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Hans Werner Henze: Tristan (1973) book cover

    Hans Werner Henze: Tristan (1973)

    By Stephen Downes

    Hans Werner Henze is a prolific and internationally famous composer of the post-Second World War period. He is amongst the most frequently performed and recorded composers of his generation, and has been the subject of numerous festivals in several continents. But he is also a composer of…

    Hardback – 2011-08-28
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings and White as Jasmine book cover

    Jonathan Harvey: Song Offerings and White as Jasmine

    By Michael Downes

    Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012) was one of Britain's leading composers: his music is frequently performed throughout Europe, the United States (where he lived and worked) and Japan. He is particularly renowned for his electro-acoustic music, an aspect on which most previous writing on his work has…

    Hardback – 2009-12-23
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus book cover

    Harrison Birtwistle: The Mask of Orpheus

    By Jonathan Cross

    Hailed at its premiere at the London Coliseum in 1986 as the most important musical and theatrical event of the decade, The Mask of Orpheus is undoubtedly a key work in Harrison Birtwistle's output. His subsequent stage and concert pieces demand to be evaluated in its light. Increasingly, it is…

    Hardback – 2009-11-28
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques book cover

    Olivier Messiaen: Oiseaux exotiques

    By Peter Hill, Nigel Simeone

    What makes Oiseaux exotiques so important is that it is arguably the first of Messiaen's major works to create a successful synthesis between his music and his passion for ornithology. The earliest composition to use birdsong to a significant extent was the Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (1940-41). A…

    Pack - Book & CD – 2007-06-28
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950

  • Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 book cover

    Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

    By David Fanning

    When it was first performed in October 1960, Shostakovich's Eighth String Quartet was greeted with a standing ovation and given a full encore. Its popularity has continued to the present day with over a hundred commercial recordings appearing during the last 40 years. The appeal of the work is…

    Pack - Book & CD – 2004-07-26
    Landmarks in Music Since 1950