Illegal Harmonies: Music in the Modern Age by Andrew Ford

Illegal Harmonies: Music in the Modern Age

byAndrew Ford

Kobo ebook | May 2, 2011

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Listen. What do you hear?

We are surrounded by sounds all the time, but we tend not to hear them; our brains are very good at editing what our ears pick up. If we stop for a moment to listen, there they are: the ticking clock, traffic noise, fragments of conversation, a passing plane. These are examples of what the American composer John Cage called “illegal harmony”.

In response to the noisiest century in history, modern composers have consistently flown in the face of musical orthodoxy. As technology has changed at an unprecedented rate, so have musical styles – sometimes to the dismay of audiences and critics.

In Illegal Harmonies, Andrew Ford charts the course of music in the concert hall and opera house over the last hundred years, linking it to developments in literature, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, and to popular music from Irving Berlin to the Beatles to rap. The result is a stimulating, provocative and informative cultural history. This revised third edition includes a new preface and extended epilogue, bringing the story into the twenty-first century.

‘brilliant’— the Age

‘Modern audiences need to learn how to listen and Andrew Ford might be just the man to do the teaching.’— Australian Financial Review

Illegal Harmonies is a book very hard to put down. It brims with useful information.’— Quadrant

‘You could write a review of this book in four words: Buy it and rejoice.’— Geoffrey Tozer, 24 Hours

Andrew Ford is the author of Try Whistling This, Earth Dances, Illegal Harmonies and The Sound of Pictures. He is a composer and broadcaster and presents The Music Show on ABC Radio National.

Title:Illegal Harmonies: Music in the Modern AgeFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 2, 2011Publisher:Schwartz Books Pty. Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1921870214

ISBN - 13:9781921870217