The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century

April 26, 2022|
The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century by John Mauceri
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A prominent conductor explores how aesthetic criteria masked the political goals of countries during the three great wars of the past century
“[Mauceri’s] writing is more exhilarating than any helicopter ride we have been on.”—Air Mail
“Fluently written and often cogent.”—Barton Swaim, Wall Street Journal
This book offers a major reassessment of classical music in the twentieth century. John Mauceri argues that the history of music during this span was shaped by three major wars of that century: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.
Probing why so few works have been added to the canon since 1930, Mauceri examines the trajectories of great composers who, following World War I, created voices that were unique and versatile, but superficially simpler. He contends that the fate of composers during World War II is inextricably linked to the political goals of their respective governments, resulting in the silencing of experimental music in Germany, Italy, and Russia; the exodus of composers to America; and the sudden return of experimental music—what he calls “the institutional avant-garde”—as the lingua franca of classical music in the West during the Cold War.
John Mauceri is a world-renowned conductor and musical scholar. He has conducted most of the world’s greatest orchestras and opera companies and served on the Yale University faculty for fifteen years, and is the former chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts.
Title:The War on Music: Reclaiming the Twentieth Century
Product dimensions:248 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:248 pages, 9.25 X 6.13 X 1 in
Published:April 26, 2022
Publisher:Yale University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300233704

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