Music of the Twentieth Century

Ton de Leeuw

Music of the Twentieth Century
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Ton de Leeuw

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | © 2005
Paper $38.50 ISBN: 9789053567654 Published January 2006 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Ton de Leeuw was a truly groundbreaking composer. As evidenced by his pioneering study of compositional methods that melded Eastern traditional music with Western musical theory, he had a profound understanding of the complex and often divisive history of twentieth-century music. Now his renowned chronicle Music of the Twentieth Century is offered here in a newly revised English-language edition.
Music of the Twentieth Century goes beyond a historical survey with its lucid and impassioned discussion of the elements, structures, compositional principles, and terminologies of twentieth-century music. De Leeuw draws on his experience as a composer, teacher, and music scholar of non-European music traditions, including Indian, Indonesian, and Japanese music, to examine how musical innovations that developed during the twentieth century transformed musical theory, composition, and scholarly thought around the globe.
Olivier Messiaen

“Ton de Leeuw’s music is essentially diatonic. He uses modes, melodic lines, counterpoints, chords, but it all remains diatonic. Hardly any discords. The colour is white, or just a shade bluish, sometimes a golden light is added. But the spirit always remains diatonic in a static way that is very close to the type of oriental music which penetrates the listener and gets him into a semi-oneiric state, the state of a waking dream."

Chapter 1: Panorama
Chapter 2: Rhythm
Chapter 3: Melody
Chapter 4: Simultaneity
Chapter 5: Timbre
Chapter 6: Exoticism and Folklore
Chapter 7: From Free Atonality to 12-Note Music
Chapter 8: From 12-Note Music to ...
Chapter 9: From the Sixties to the Present Day
List of Examples
List of Abbreviations
About the Author
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