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From Modernism to Postmodernism

Between Universal and Local

Gregor Pompe, Katarina Bogunović Hočevar and Nejc Sukljan

The book explores two radical changes of cultural and social paradigm that determined the World after 1945 – Modernism and Postmodernism. From the cataclysmic atmosphere emerged the second wave of Modernism. In art this attitude was manifested in the form of a radical break with the aesthetic and stylistic characteristics of prior generations. In architecture the International Style was born, meanwhile similar «universality» was also a characteristic of musical serialism.

From the beginning of the 1970s the wheels again began to turn in the other direction. The powerful destructive will of modernism increasingly waivered, and the period after modernism – postmodernism – began. The book answers questions related to the reasons for these turnarounds, their consequences and their implications.

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Manuel Farolfi - Modernism at Work in Pierre Boulez’s Writings, 1948–1952


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Manuel Farolfi

Modernism at Work in Pierre Boulez’s Writings, 1948–1952

Abstract Grounding its critical analysis in three thematic areas – “Consciousness of Time”, “Corresponding Past”, and “New Beginning” – derived from Jürgen Habermas’s Discourse of Modernity, this study argues for an expanded understanding of Pierre Boulez’s serialist modernism beyond its strictly aesthetic dimension. It advances the thesis that through identification and examination of these three thematic areas in Boulez’s early literary output, it is possible to outline the pattern of a modernist philosophy of history. With reference to early serialism, this study aims to establish Boulez’s standing as a thinker whose concerns about history and tradition provide a significant path towards a fuller understanding of post-war musical modernism – in all its complexity.

1. The Circumstances

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