The Cambridge history of twentieth-century music

Corporate Author: Cambridge University Press.
Other Authors: Cook, Nicholas, 1950-, Pople, Anthony.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Series: Cambridge history of music.
Online Access: Online version
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Review by Choice Review

Covering topics ranging from accessibility, African art music, and authenticity to music as a commodity, women in music, and world music (though slighting China and Canada), the 25 "predominantly Anglo-American" contributors to this volume offer stimulating and, on occasion, healthily opinionated discussions of their subjects. Cook and Pople note that the contributors offer sometimes "competing histories," with the result that late-20th-century mainstream composers and their adherents may feel that the balance of attention has been tilted somewhat toward jazz, rock, and the avant-garde. Among the invaluable appendixes are "Personalia" (ABBA to Zwilich) and a 101-year chronology listing first performances/recordings along with other musical, cultural, and sociopolitical events. Although this reviewer has yet to see Richard Taruskin's six-volume Oxford History of Western Music (2004)--two volumes of which are devoted to 20th-century music--one can speculate that those volumes will join with this in offering the browser and the scholar unexpected tidbits of information, illuminating insights, and ample cause for provocative rumination. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Behrens The Glenn Gould School, The Royal Conservatory of Music

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