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New Ears for New Music

Translated by Kenneth Chalmers

Constantin Floros

20th-century music is characterized by a bewildering multitude of trends and movements. Often several movements co-exist in contradiction to each other, in a reflection of the century’s intellectual currents and social and political changes, and the reactions they prompted. In this book, renowned musicologist and author Constantin Floros provides a survey of the different styles and tendencies in new music, presenting the most important composers from Schoenberg to Rihm in a series of fluent and readable essays that will appeal to connoisseurs and non-specialists alike. For Floros, music and biography are inseparable, and here he puts music in the context of the social and psychological background of its time.


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design: H. J. Kropp, using a sketch by Krzysztof Penderecki created for his opera “Die schwarze Maske” / “The Black Mask” (1984/86). Expanded version of: Neue Ohren für Neue Musik. Streifzüge durch die Musik des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts. By Constantin Floros. © 2006 SCHOTT MUSIC, Mainz - Germany Constantin Floros New Ears for New Music Translated by Kenneth Chalmers Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Floros, Constantin. [Neue Ohren für Neue Musik. English] New ears for new music / Constantin Floros ; translated by Kenneth Chalmers. pages cm Translation of the author's Neue Ohren für Neue Musik. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-3-631-63379-3 1. Music--20th century--History and criticism. 2. Music--21st century--History and criticism. I. Chalmers, Kenneth, translator. II. Title. ML197.F6313 2013 780.9'04--dc23 2013015579 ISBN 978-3-631-63379-3 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-04665-6 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03230-7 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems György Ligeti in...

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