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Serial music, serial aesthetics: compositional theory in post-war Europe

Serial music, serial aesthetics: compositional theory in post-war Europe

Grant, M. J

Serial music was one of the most important aesthetic movements to emerge in post-war Europe, but its uncompromising music and modernist aesthetic has often been misunderstood. This work traces the roots and development of serial music

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001
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Statement of responsibility: M.J. Grant
ISBN: 0521804582, 9780521804585
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-267) and index.
Physical Description: [viii], 272p. : ill., music ; 26 cm.
Series: Music in the twentieth century
Subject: Music Philosophy; Music Europe Philosophy and aesthetics.; Music History; 20Th Century Music; Serialism (Music)


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Note on the text
  3. Introduction
  4. Part I: 1. European culture in the post-war years
  5. 2. The isolated tone: electronic and serial music, 1945-1954
  6. Part II: 3. Electronic music - 'chaos or order'?
  7. 4. Webern and Debussy
  8. Part III: 5. Serial music as an aleatoric process
  9. 6. 'Das Serielle'
  10. Part IV: 7. Music and language
  11. 8. Serial theory, serial practice - wherefore, and why?
  12. Part V: Conclusion: Dorthin?
  13. Bibliography
  14. Index.


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