THE NEW BOOK OF MODERN COMPOSERS by David Ed. Ewen

THE NEW BOOK OF MODERN COMPOSERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This 3rd edition, revised and enlarged, of the Book of Modern Composers, which was published first in 1943, then revised and updated in 1950 and 1956, is ""actually a new book"" according to its editor. Four of the composers in the original edition have been omitted and five (Samuel Barber, Arthur Honneger, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Francis Poulenc, and William Schuman) have been added; Nicolas Slonimsky's Introduction has been greatly enlarged and changed; and a great many of the critical essays on the 32 composers included here reveal changes, benefitting by the more definite critical judgment afforded by the passage of years. For each of the composers, there is a brief biographical essay, a personal note about the composer, a statement by the composer about his musical aims and ideas, and a critical essay. Each article is written by an expert, and there is a large and varied group of music critics, musicologists, musicians, and personal friends of the composers represented here. Appendices include the principal works of each of the composers, an extensive bibliography, and a list of the contributing authors. This is thoroughly readable and a valuable guide for the average concert-goer as well as the music student.

Publisher: Knopf