It's one of the great ironies of music that Schoenberg's pupils --Alban Berg in his beautiful, deeply felt Violin Concerto and even Anton Webern in his atom-blasting miniatures--found a way to make serialism
accommodate traditional tonality and individual expression that largely eluded the man who created it.
The real question, of course, is whether "serialism
" is an appropriate word to describe a style-as opposed to a technique, capable of use in many styles.
However, it is at least arguable that the enormous prestige of serialism
in intellectual circles in America in the 1950s may have been a factor in Stravinsky's own conversion.
In chapter 5, Sprout similarly shows how stories told by historians have obscured the complicated roots of the struggle between adherents of serialism
and neoclassicism in postwar Paris.
Hung unusually low, with their top edges aligned, the paintings unfolded a subtle interplay of diversified surfaces, material effects, and feigned serialism
. Four were rendered in starkly muted tones and three were white monochromes.
This is a regrettable omission, since one might seek to study Israeli composers who, for example, work in mixed media or employ serialism
and want a reference work as a starting point for such focused research.
Busily Bachian, and proudly proclaiming the composer's Russian roots, it announces what was to be another great influence on the composer's style: Second Viennese School serialism
Argento's modern idiom (a modified serialism
) is never at odds with the Victorianism of the Dickens' story.
HOW CAN WE bring together the successive orientations, the forays carried out, starting from strict serialism
's writing-down of every detail, up to the almost complete revocation of this in the experiments with intuitive music, then to its reinvestiture, adapted to today's new requirements?
The situation after 1960 was more complicated - a plural 'tangle of endeavours', 'a multi-dimensional space of vast and various possibilities' - but it was still possible to organize ideas according to a neat taxonomy based on 'traverses' rather than chronology (from American serialism
to computer music, from opera to music theatre, from series to melody, and so on).
Scholars interested in the following topics will want to investigate parts of the book: post-1945 leftist and Marxist European composers, political music, Jewish studies, music and disability, theater history, Brecht and Shakespeare scholarship, polystylism, post-1945 serialism
, piano pedagogy, and piano pedagogue lineage.
The author offers a welcome in-depth analysis of this composition, delving deeply into its structure and its musical influences: Beethoven, Britten, Mahler, Prokofiev, rock music and serialism
to name a few.