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Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century: Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century

About the Series

Series Editor: Gianmario Borio. Series Advisory Board: Robert Adlington, Esteban Buch, Mark Delaere, Giovanni Giuriati, Iwona Lindstedt, Wolfgang Rathert and Britta Sweers

The series Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century adopts a collaborative model for the study of key issues in twentieth-century music. The basis for each volume is a conference drawing together leading scholars from across Europe and beyond; conference themes are determined by the series’ distinguished international advisory board, with a view to developing new knowledge and understanding that reflects dialogue between scholars of different nationalities and theoretical backgrounds. Particular emphasis is placed upon recognition of the multiplicity of conceptions, artefacts, events and communities which characterised musical life in the last century. Accordingly, individual volumes seek to interrogate themes that encompass diverse musical genres and disciplinary perspectives.

The series was conceived as a project of the Institute of Music of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, where many of the conferences are convened.


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Noise as a Constructive Element in Music Theoretical and Music-Analytical Perspectives

Noise as a Constructive Element in Music: Theoretical and Music-Analytical Perspectives

1st Edition

Edited By Mark Delaere
May 27, 2024

Music and noise seem to be mutually exclusive. Music is generally considered as an ordered arrangement of sounds pleasing to the ear and noise as its opposite: chaotic, ugly, aggressive, sometimes even deafening. When presented in a musical context, noise can thus act as a tool to express ...

The Mediations of Music Critical Approaches after Adorno

The Mediations of Music: Critical Approaches after Adorno

1st Edition

Edited By Gianmario Borio
May 27, 2024

Adorno believed that a circular relationship was established between immediacy and mediation. Should we now say that this model with its clear Hegelian influence is outdated? Or does it need some theoretical integration? This volume addresses these questions by covering the performance of music, ...

The Female Voice in the Twentieth Century Material, Symbolic and Aesthetic Dimensions

The Female Voice in the Twentieth Century: Material, Symbolic and Aesthetic Dimensions

1st Edition

Edited By Serena Facci, Michela Garda
September 26, 2022

By integrating theoretical approaches to the female voice with the musicological investigation of female singers’ practices, the contributors to this volume offer fresh viewpoints on the material, symbolic and cultural aspects of the female voice in the twentieth century. Various styles and genres ...

Finding Democracy in Music

Finding Democracy in Music

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Adlington, Esteban Buch
May 30, 2022

For a century and more, the idea of democracy has fuelled musicians’ imaginations. Seeking to go beyond music’s proven capacity to contribute to specific political causes, musicians have explored how aspects of their practice embody democratic principles. This may involve adopting particular ...

Investigating Musical Performance Theoretical Models and Intersections

Investigating Musical Performance: Theoretical Models and Intersections

1st Edition

Edited By Gianmario Borio, Giovanni Giuriati, Alessandro Cecchi, Marco Lutzu
June 09, 2020

Investigating Musical Performance considers the wide range of perspectives on musical performance made tangible by the cross-disciplinary studies of the last decades and encourages a comparison and revision of theoretical and analytical paradigms. The chapters present different approaches to this ...

New Music Theatre in Europe Transformations between 1955-1975

New Music Theatre in Europe: Transformations between 1955-1975

1st Edition

Edited By Robert Adlington
April 08, 2019

Between 1955 and 1975 music theatre became a central preoccupation for European composers digesting the consequences of the revolutionary experiments in musical language that followed the end of the Second World War. The ‘new music theatre’ wrought multiple, significant transformations, serving as ...

Composing for the State Music in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships

Composing for the State: Music in Twentieth-Century Dictatorships

1st Edition

Edited By Esteban Buch, Igor Contreras Zubillaga, Manuel Deniz Silva
February 07, 2019

Under the dictatorships of the twentieth century, music never ceased to sound. Even when they did not impose aesthetic standards, these regimes tended to favour certain kinds of art music such as occasional works for commemorations or celebrations, symphonic poems, cantatas and choral settings. In ...

Music-Dance Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse

Music-Dance: Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse

1st Edition

Edited By Patrizia Veroli, Gianfranco Vinay
November 16, 2017

Music-Dance explores the identity of choreomusical work, its complex authorship and its modes of reception as well as the cognitive processes involved in the reception of dance performance. Scholars of dance and music analyse the ways in which a musical score changes its prescriptive status when it...

Musical Listening in the Age of Technological Reproduction

Musical Listening in the Age of Technological Reproduction

1st Edition

Edited By Gianmario Borio
February 04, 2016

It is undeniable that technology has made a tangible impact on the nature of musical listening. The new media have changed our relationship with music in a myriad of ways, not least because the experience of listening can now be prolonged at will and repeated at any time and in any space. Moreover,...

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