Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries by Joseph Auner

By Joseph Auner

The song of the 20th and twenty-first centuries in its cultural, social, and highbrow contexts.

Joseph Auner's Music within the 20th and Twenty-First Centuries explores the experience of danger unleashed by way of the era's destabilizing army conflicts, social upheavals, and technological advances. Auner indicates how the multiplicity of musical kinds has referred to as into query conventional assumptions approximately compositional perform, the limits of song and noise, and the connection between composer, performer, and listener. He additionally indicates how composers and their works have performed vital roles in defining principles of kingdom, race, and gender, and therefore in shaping the fashionable international for greater and worse.

Western song in Context: A Norton History includes six volumes of average size, every one written in an interesting variety via a well-known professional. Authoritative and present, the sequence examines song within the broadest sense—as sounds notated, played, and heard—focusing not just on composers and works, but in addition on broader social and highbrow currents.

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Yet such precompositional systems are crucial when every aspect of a work is the product of a deliberate choice. Determining the relevance of these systems to the experience of performers or audiences is another of the challenges we face in the chapters that follow. There have always been distinctions made between knowledgeable and naïve listeners, but composers in many styles assume some audience familiarity not only with features of the compositional technique but with specific precursor works.

I’ve never heard anything like it. ” Gustav Mahler met Alma Schindler (1879–1964) at a dinner party in 1901, and they were married a year later. She was instrumental in Gustav developing a close relationship with the composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, who had been her composition teacher, and with Zemlinsky’s brother-in-law, Arnold Schoenberg. Alma also helped strengthen Gustav’s links to the Modernist artists of the Viennese Secession; she was the stepdaughter of the painter Carl Moll and had been romantically involved with Gustav Klimt.

The Third Symphony, which lasts over an hour and a half, calls for a huge orchestra, a women’s choir, a boys’ choir, and an alto soloist. In this and other works, Mahler attempted to reconcile the traditional idea of the symphony with the new genres that had emerged in the nineteenth century, including the multi-movement program symphony, the one-movement programmatic tone 22 CHAPTER TWO expandi ng mu sical wor ld s poem, and other hybrid forms that incorporated elements of the song cycle, oratorio, and cantata.

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