By Richard Taruskin
The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford background of Western tune is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the tale of Western song from its earliest days to the current. each one publication during this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a consultant sampling of masterworks-the issues, types, and currents that provide form and path to an important interval within the heritage of Western tune.
Music within the Early 20th Century , the fourth quantity in Richard Taruskin's background, appears to be like on the first half the 20 th century, from the beginnings of Modernism within the final decade of the 19th century correct as much as the top of worldwide battle II. Taruskin discusses modernism in Germany and France as mirrored within the paintings of Mahler, Strauss, Satie, and Debussy, the trendy ballets of Stravinsky, using twelve-tone strategy within the years following international battle I, the tune of Charles Ives, the impact of peasant songs on Bela Bartok, Stravinsky's neo-classical part and the genuine beginnings of 20th-century tune, the imaginative and prescient of the US as visible within the works of such composers as W.C. convenient, George Gershwin, and Virgil Thomson, and the influence of totalitarianism at the works of a number musicians from Toscanini to Shostakovich
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