Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America (The Norton Introduction to Music History)

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Twentieth Century Music is the third volume to appear in this series.Morgan divides his text into three chronological sections. Beginning with such giants as Mahler, Richard Strauss and Debussy, he discusses national movements, as represented by Charles Ives and Ralph Vaughan Williams; philosophical movements as various as the Schoenberg/Berg/Webern alliance or "les six"; and the giants who were "sui generis", such as Bartok and Stravinsky. The "isms" such as serialism, minimalism, indeterminism, the new romanticism and pluralism, are clearly delineated and the electronic boom of the last decades is defined.

Product Details

  • Series: The Norton Introduction to Music History
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (January 17, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039395272X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393952728
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

Customer Reviews

A book that I would most definitely recommend to a fellow music student

 on November 15, 2016
By Luigi B.
This book isn’t just about history. The author really got into the details of the techniques of each composer (while giving examples). A book that I would most definitely recommend to a fellow music student.

One of the Best of Several 20th Century Music Books

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 18, 2014
By DaveHwriter
Being a huge fan of TV’s intellectual-crime-mix show WHITE COLLAR, I wanted an art form I could deeply study and enjoy at the same time. I knew that would be something western music. I have loved my deep dive into 20th century western compositional music, now about a year in. Like learning to golf from the greens back, my affair with western composition music has been a reverse exploration of history.

Excelent book

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 5, 2013
By Carlos Rojas Arancibia
if you want to get into the XX century music, this is for you. all the information is very well organized, the quality of the book is amazing, the paper very white and great printing process.

I got this book just in time.

 on March 1, 2014
By Rodrigo Cortes
I got this book not too long ago but it was in great condition and I am glad that I got it in such a good deal

The best overview of the century

41 people found this helpful.
 on May 11, 2001
By Autonomeus
Morgan’s book is the best that I have found for an overview of the entire 20th century in “classical” music. He divides his analysis into 3 logical sections:

The History of Modern Music for The Layman

11 people found this helpful.
 on March 15, 1997
As we end the 20th century, we may not realize that 20th

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