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Brahminism »

Chapter: The Return of the Symphony

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Brahminism But the symphony was only the most public arena in which Brahms forged a revitalizing link with the tradition of “absolute” instrumental mus...

“Brahminism” Revisited »

Chapter: Inner Occurrences (Transcendentalism, III)

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

“Brahminism” Revisited It is certainly possible to view this as a “purely” musical advance, without justification on expressionist or spiritual grounds...

Breaking Ranks »

Chapter: Starting from Scratch

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Breaking Ranks One of the most poignant reactions was that of the German composer Stefan Wolpe (1902–72). An ardent Communist in “Weimar” Berlin, he fo...

Breaking With Tradition »

Chapter: Pathos Is Banned

Source: Music in the Early Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Breaking With Tradition Ortega was writing in 1925, two years after Stravinsky brought forth his Octet, when the big change in sensibility that he was ...

The British “Invasion” »

Chapter: The Sixties

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

The British “Invasion” That rule began to change during the 1960s. As popular music styles continued to develop along with the rest of “sixties” cultur...

Business Math, Politics, and Paradise: The Ars Nova »

Chapter: Business Math, Politics, and Paradise: The Ars Nova

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Richard Taruskin And yet (to pick up immediately on the closing thought of the previous chapter, and perhaps pick a fight with it) one can certainly po...

But Can You Hear It? »

Chapter: The Apex

Source: Music in the Late Twentieth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

But Can You Hear It? Other analysts were quick to note, however, that an irreducibly arbitrary (or “notional”) element remained at the heart of Babbitt...

But What Does It Really Mean? »

Chapter: Midcentury

Source: Music in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

But What Does It Really Mean? So it may come as a disquieting (or perhaps an amusing) surprise to learn that the music was mostly conceived in an altog...

Byrd »

Chapter: The End of Perfection

Source: Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century

Author: Richard Taruskin

Byrd The fate of William Byrd, Palestrina’s somewhat younger, longer-lived English contemporary, was rather different. He was a far more versatile comp...

C-Minor Moods »

Chapter: C-Minor Moods

Source: Music In The Seventeenth And Eighteenth Centuries

Author: Richard Taruskin

Richard Taruskin The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians calls Beethoven “the most admired composer in the history of Western music,” and we ha...

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