Serial Composition and Atonality
An Introduction to the Music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern 6th Revised edition
By (author) George Perle
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Serial Composition and Atonality by George Perle
Book DescriptionWidely recognized as the definitive work in its field ever since its original publication in 1962, Serial Composition and Atonality remains an unsurpassed introduction to the technical features of what is probably the most revolutionary body of work since the beginnings of polyphony. In the analysis of specific compositions there is first and last of all a concern with the musical surface--an attempt to trace connections and distinctions there before offering any deeper-level constructions, and to offer none where their effects are not obvious on more immediate levels of musical experience. In this sixth edition of the book, George Perle employs the new and more consistent terminology for the identification of transpositional levels of twelve-tone sets that he first proposed in Twelve-Tone Tonality (1977).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520074309
(260mm x 178mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 11-Apr-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author George Perle
Listening Composer, Paperback (December 1996)
Taking us into a composer's workshop, this title reevaluates what we call 'twentieth-century music' - a term used to refer to modern or contemporary music that represents a radical break from the tonal tradition, or 'common practice', of the preceding three centuries.
Operas of Alban Berg, Paperback (October 1989)» View all books by George Perle
Focuses on the two operas of Alban Berg. If you have ever had any questions about Berg's opera Wozzeck, this book answers them for you. Each paragraph, each quoted music example, each analysis moves the argument forward in a clear incisive manner.
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Author Biography - George Perle
George Perle, one of this country's most respected composers, theorists, and critics, is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. His writings on twentieth-century music include The Listening Composer (1990), The Operas of Alban Berg (1980, 1984), and Twelve-Tone Tonality (1977), all available from the University of California Press.
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