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Music of the twentieth century: a study of its elements and structure

Leeuw, Ton de

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Abstract Ton de Leeuw (1926-96) is probably one of the most influential composers at the crossroads between Eastern philosophy and Western technique. A one-time pupil of Olivier Messiaen's in Paris, throughout the latter years of his musical career he concentrated on the marriage of Western emphasis on action and tension, and the ethical function of music in Eastern traditions. The musical world of the twentieth century is a divided one. Numerous histories of it have been written, but few of the exceptional quality of de Leeuw's, who brought into his writing a lifetime of experience as a composer and scholar of music. His work is a lucid and impassioned discussion of the elements, structures, compositional principles and terminologies in modern music that can be regarded as most innovatory. This book is an excellent guide for anyone wishing to gain knowledge of the compositional technique and mentality, particularly university and conservatory students.
Keywords music; twentieth century; composer; art; present
Classification Other Media; Other Fields of Humanities
Free Keywords culture and history; popular science; historical treatment of fine and decorative arts; culture and institutions
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 224 p.
ISBN 978-90-5356-765-4
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works