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The Stravinsky legacy
Cross, Jonathan, 1961-
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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
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xii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
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ML410.S932 C87 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The music of Igor Stravinsky has had a profound impact on the development of twentieth-century music. In this book, Jonathan Cross explores the technical and aesthetic legacy of Stravinsky in relation to a broad range of composers, from Varèse to Andriessen, from Messiaen to Birtwistle. He also proposes a reexamination of Stravinsky's own neoclassical music and Theodor Adorno's notorious critique of Stravinsky. This book is part history, part analysis, part aesthetics, and will be of value to anyone who takes an interest in the music of our time.

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Cross (Univ. of Bristol, UK) divides this eighth volume in the "Music in the Twentieth Century" series into seven chapters under two headings: "The Stravinsky Legacy" (five chapters) and "Stravinsky Reheard" (two). His principal arguments counter the opinions of Theodor Adorno, who, writing in the 1960s, saw musical modernism--i.e., musical "progress"--embodied in the works of Arnold Schoenberg rather than Igor Stravinsky. Cross's discussion of Adorno's views is central to the first and last chapters: sandwiched between are chapters showing the influence on a wide range of composers of Stravinsky's block forms, "structural rhythms," and theatrical works and even Stravinsky's influence on minimalism. The composers cited extend from Edgard Var`ese through Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen to Steve Reich and Harrison Birtwhistle, among others. In his penultimate chapter--"A Fresh Look at Stravinsky Analysis"--Cross gives his explication of Symphony in C and Symphony in Three Movements. This volume has minor typographical errors but clear music examples and figures, endnotes, and detailed index. It is directed to those already familiar with Stravinsky and his career: upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and their mentors interested in music theory, musicology and aesthetics. R. Stahura; Ripon College

Table of Contents

Part I The Stravinsky Legacy:
1 Introduction: Stravinsky-s modernism
2 Block forms
3 Structural rhythms
4 Ritual theatres
5 Minimal developments
Part II Stravinsky Reheard
6 A fresh look at Stravinsky analysis
7 Conclusions: Stravinsky, Adorno and the problem of non-development