Metamusic Versus the Sound of Music: A Critique of Serialism (Hardback)Baron William Thomson Kelvin
Hardback Published: 01/02/2010
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This study analyzes Serialism, including the study of repeating patterns in music, through the lenses of acoustics, cognition/perception, ethno-musicology and cultural records. The work examines analyses by leaders in the serialist world as Milton Babbitt, David Lewin and Allen Forte. Appealing mainly to professional and amateur musicians, interest in this book also will evoke serious interest from professionals in philosophy and aesthetics, as well as the general arts-lovers population Its dominating condition traces back to the celebrated Arts 'Revolution' of early 20th century. An affliction across the media, it displaces artifacts with theories and explanations alleged to define and enhance them. Some of its tenets contradict realities of human perception. The author has coined the term MetaArt to denote it. MetaMusic dominates, but discussions of similar conditions in painting and literature ensure a holistic perspective. Music was different: it developed a systematic creative process, the Serialism pioneered by Arnold Schoenberg. Here was a captivating NewWay, one demanded by an evolving post-Wagnerian world. Its most compelling feature was the seductive lure of a mathematical base. As composer's tool kit, the system long ago withered away, but its numerical and lexical adjuncts continue to thrive as remnants in academe.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
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