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Description - The Companion To 20th-century Music by Norman Lebrecht

Twentieth century music has been remarkable for its pluralism. The various stylesatonality, neo-classicism, nationalism, serialism, jazz, computer music, minimalism, electronics, folklorism, happenings, sheer chancehave been far from monolithic, and experimentation has been, perhaps, the centurys only defining feature. With over 2500 entries, The Companion to 20th-Century Music is the first book to comprehensively define and applaud this diversity. Norman Lebrecht celebrates variety and innovation, assessing composers and musicians according to artistic merit rather than ideological or institutional eminence. He states that his purpose is to demythologize, to enlighten, and to entertain, so he writes in a readable, narrative style, free of jargon and abbreviations. The end result is the perfect companion to the music of our time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780306807343
ISBN-10: 0306807343
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Norman Lebrecht

Norman Lebrecht is the author of The Maestro Myth, The Book of Musical Anecdotes, and a number of other books on music, and is the editor of Mahler Remembered. He has made several documentaries and has covered the music world for London's Sunday Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. He lives in London.

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