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Beginnings, as Far as we know Them »

Chapter: The Curtain Goes Up

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Beginnings, as Far as we know Them This new “beginning” was established in 1974 when a team of Assyriologists and musicologists at the University of Ca...

Bel Canto »

Chapter: Real Worlds, and Better Ones

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Bel Canto To see the new serious opera in its fullest flower, we can turn to Rossini's successors: Vincenzo Bellini (1801–35), who was to the early 183...

Berry and Foix »

Chapter: Machaut and His Progeny

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Berry and Foix But of course sobriquets like “decadent” imply judgment not only on the music, the musicians, and the notation they employed, but also o...

Besting the Flemings; or, the Last of the Tenoristas »

Chapter: The End of Perfection

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Besting the Flemings; or, the Last of the Tenoristas All but six of Palestrina’s hundred-odd Masses are based on preexisting music. That in itself is n...

Big Questions Reopened »

Chapter: The Third Revolution

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Big Questions Reopened As will become increasingly clear as this book nears its end and the narrative approaches the present, the truly revolutionary a...

The Big Science Phase »

Chapter: The Third Revolution

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

The Big Science Phase Additional labor-saving steps were taken in New York, where Luening and Ussachevsky were receiving media exposure, followed by mo...

“Big Science” Eclipsed »

Chapter: Millennium's End

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

“Big Science” Eclipsed Although he remained a commanding presence on the musical scene, Boulez lost his hold on young composers even as he created oppo...

A Bit of Theory »

Chapter: Social Validation

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

A Bit of Theory As in the case of Schoenberg, whose creative methods were later explained by analysts using concepts (like the rudimentary “set theory”...

A Bohemian Prescription for America »

Chapter: The Symphony Goes (Inter)National

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

A Bohemian Prescription for America Unsurprisingly, “cyclic” form (as it came to be called in the case of multimovement works) is most prevalent and sy...

“Borrowing” »

Chapter: Class of 1685 (II)

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

“Borrowing” In order to compose at the kind of speed required by the conditions under which they worked, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century composers ...

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