Companion to contemporary musical thought /

Additional authors: Paynter, John, -- 1931-
Published by : Routledge, (London :) Physical details: 2 v. (xxxviii, 1208p) : ill. ; 26cm. ISBN:0415019907 :; 0415072247 (v. 1) :; 0415072255 (v. 2) :. Year: 1992
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Reference Items British Council Library
320.03 (Browse shelf) 1 Not for loan

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First Published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Includes bibliography and index.

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This collection of original essays is arranged under four main headings: "People and Music" (16 articles on the musical experience; musical meaning), "Technology of Music" (13 studies of composition), "Structures of Music" (14 essays on analysis), and "Interpretation of Music" (14 pieces, mostly about authentic performance). Among the 57 contributors, most of them British, a few will be familiar in US academic music libraries: Francis Baines, Ellen T. Harris, Peter LeHuray, Wilfrid Mellers, Murray Schafer, and John Stevens. In style the essays are nearly all scholarly, with source notes, and many offer new perspectives on their topics; some are revisions of earlier presentations. Other entries are more casual, and several consist of rambling speculations. There is a good expansive index, but no bibliography; the authors of source note writings are not carried into the index. As a "companion" the volumes may be judged partly successful. Interesting material is included, but in total the essays do not offer a cross-section of current musicological inquiry. Historical studies are scarcely represented, for example, and world music is neglected. Too much emphasis falls on computer applications. It would have been preferable to place the stronger essays in mainstream journals, to give them greater accessibility. The anthology format will limit the readership of the useful entries. For consideration by music research libraries only. G. A. Marco; Rosary College

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