THIS MODERN MUSIC by John Tasker Howard


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Concentrating on modern and new music, this describes and explains the way in which music reflects the temperament, the viewpoint and the life of its times, why composers differ as periods change, the methods by which they differ, and the idioms through which the radical music may be understood. Allowing for opposition by the public and the resistance to new music, he surveys the popularity of the traditional music, and then discusses ""this modern music"":- dissonance, impressionists, atonality, polytonality, the ""neo"" schools, music for use, rhythm. He goes into full details, traces the progress from pure experimentation to pure creativeness, the use of new techniques with discretion and taste, and the standards and criteria with which to judge works of new composers. A book for the layman as well as the student musician, and an up-to-date guide to music appreciation and criticism.

Pub Date: Nov. 23rd, 1942
Publisher: Crowell