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And Now The Music »

Chapter: Pathos Is Banned

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

And Now The Music Turning at long last to Stravinsky’s Octet, the work that started this tortuous discussion of sinister subtexts and convoluted circum...

Another Cold War »

Chapter: The Apex

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Another Cold War The reader has perhaps already noticed that Babbitt achieved these impressive feats of logical construction a bit earlier than the mon...

Another Madwoman »

Chapter: Reaching (for) Limits

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Another Madwoman In Strauss’s next opera, Elektra (1908), these harmonic mixtures are more the rule than the climactic exception. The story is again an...

Another Querelle »

Chapter: Enlightenment and Reform

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Another Querelle Piccinni’s rustic sentiment and Gluck’s classical simplicity, though the one was directed at a bourgeois audience and the other at an ...

The Anti-Petrushka »

Chapter: The Cult of the Commonplace

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Anti-Petrushka On 18 May 1917, at the very height of the Great War, Sergey Diaghilev’s Ballets Ru...

Anxiety and Recoil »

Chapter: Critics

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Anxiety and Recoil We have already noted that as Schumann's career progressed, his activities became more public. In his case publicity seems to have a...

The Apex »

Chapter: The Apex

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Richard Taruskin One effect of the postwar avant-garde, in both its “total serial” and its “indeterminate” phases, was to put the more moderate techniq...

Apostasy »

Chapter: After Everything

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Apostasy It was still possible to shock, however, and Rochberg proved it. Nothing in the work of previous collageurs, including Rochberg himself, prepa...

Approaching the Ultimate »

Chapter: Extinguishing the “Petty ‘I’ ” (Transcendentalism, I)

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Approaching the Ultimate Scriabin wrote ten piano sonatas in addition to his many miniatures, but they were not his biggest pieces. In fact, as his car...

Aquitaine »

Chapter: Music of Feudalism and Fin’s Amors

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Aquitaine Troubadours The earliest secular repertories of which we have direct knowledge consist of songs by knightly poets of courtly love and feudal s...

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