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The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century

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A prominent conductor explores how aesthetic criteria masked the political goals of countries during the three great wars of the past century This book offers a major reassessment of classical music in the twentieth century. John Mauceri argues that the history of music during this span was shaped by three major wars of that century: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Probing why so few works have been added to the canon since 1930, Mauceri examines the trajectories of great composers who, following World War I, created voices that were unique and versatile, but superficially simpler. He contends that the fate of composers during World War II is inextricably linked to the political goals of their respective governments, resulting in the silencing of experimental music in Germany, Italy, and Russia; the exodus of composers to America; and the sudden return of experimental music--what he calls "the institutional avant-garde"--as the lingua franca of classical music in the West during the Cold War.
  • | Author: John Mauceri
  • | Publisher: Yale University Press
  • | Publication Date: Apr 26, 2022
  • | Number of Pages: 248 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 0300233701
  • | ISBN-13: 9780300233704
Author:
John Mauceri
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication Date:
Apr 26, 2022
Number of pages:
248 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Hardcover
ISBN-10:
0300233701
ISBN-13:
9780300233704