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Voices in the wilderness : six American neo-romantic composers

Author: Walter Simmons
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Despite the Modernist search for new and innovative aesthetics and rejection of traditional tonality, several twentieth century composers have found their own voice while steadfastly relying on the aesthetics and techniques of Romanticism and 19th century composition principles. Musicological and reference texts have regarded these composers as isolated exceptions to modern thoughts of composition--exceptions of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Simmons
ISBN: 0810857286 9780810857285
OCLC Number: 65182234
Notes: Originally published: 2004.
Description: ix, 422 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Ernest Bloch --
Howard Hanson --
Vittorio Giannini --
Paul Creston --
Samuel Barber --
Nicolas Flagello.
Responsibility: Walter Simmons.
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Despite the Modernist search for new and innovative aesthetics and rejection of traditional tonality, several twentieth century composers have found their own voice while steadfastly relying on the aesthetics and techniques of Romanticism and 19th century composition principles. Musicological and reference texts have regarded these composers as isolated exceptions to modern thoughts of composition--exceptions of little importance, treated simplistically and superficially. Music critic and scholar Walter Simmons, however, believes these composers and their works should be taken seriously. They are worthy of more scholarly consideration, and deserve proper analysis, assessment, and discussion in their own regard. In Voices in the Wilderness, the first in a series of books celebrating the "Twentieth-Century Traditionalist," Simmons looks at six Neo-Romantic composers. Through biographical overviews and a comprehensive assessment of musical works, Simmons provides readers with a clear understanding of the significance of the composers, their bodies of work, and their placement in musicological history. The chapters delve deeply and objectively into each composer's oeuvre, addressing their origins, stylistic traits and consistencies, phases of development, strengths and weaknesses, and affinities with other composers. The composers' most representative works are identified, and each chapter concludes with a discography of essential recordings [Publisher description].

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