A History of Western Choral Music, 2. köide

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Oxford University Press, 2015 - 472 pages
A History of Western Choral Music explores the various genres, key composers, and influential works essential to the development of the western choral tradition. Author Chester L. Alwes divides this exploration into two volumes which move from Medieval music and the Renaissance era up to the 21st century. Volume II begins at the transition from the Classical era to the Romantic, with an examination of the major genres common to both periods. Exploring the oratorio, part song, and dramatic music, it also offers a thorough discussion of the choral symphony from Beethoven to Mahler, through to the present day. It then delves into the choral music of the twentieth century through discussions of the major compositional approaches and philosophies that proliferated over the course of the century, from impressionism to serialism, neo-classicism to modernism, minimalism, and the avant-garde. It also considers the emerging tendency towards nationalistic composition amongst composers such as Bart k and Stravinsky, and discusses in great detail the contemporary music of the United States, and Great Britain. Framing discussion within the political, religious, cultural, philosophical, aesthetic, and technological contexts of each era, A History of Western Choral Music offers readers specialized insight into major composers and works while providing a cohesive understanding of choral music's place in Western history.
 

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Contents

1 The Oratorio from Haydn to Elgar
1
2 Part Song in NineteenthCentury Germany and England
38
3 Choral Music in NineteenthCentury Drama
64
4 Choral Symphony from Beethoven to Berio
92
5 French Choral Music from Debussy to Messiaen
120
6 Serialism and Choral Music of the Twentieth Century
145
7 Nationalism Folk Song and Identity
167
8 Neoclassicism
199
10 European Centrism
260
11 The American Experience
289
12 The British Isles
319
13 The New Simplicities
355
Notes
385
Bibliography
413
Permissions
427
Index
437

9 The AvantGarde Aesthetic
227

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A native of Louisville, KY, Chester Alwes has served the music faculties of the College of Wooster, the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music and, from 1982-2011, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, Alwes developed a national reputation as a specialist in the history and performance practice of choral literature. Alwes has authored numerous articles in a variety of journals and is a composer, editor, and arranger with works published by Oxford University Press, Roger Dean Music, Mark Foster Music, et al.

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