New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez

New Music at Darmstadt Nono Stockhausen Cage and Boulez New Music at Darmstadt explores the rise and fall of the so called Darmstadt School through a wealth of primary sources and analytical commentary Martin Iddon s book examines the creation of the Dar

  • Title: New Music at Darmstadt: Nono, Stockhausen, Cage, and Boulez
  • Author: Martin Iddon
  • ISBN: 9781107033290
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • New Music at Darmstadt explores the rise and fall of the so called Darmstadt School , through a wealth of primary sources and analytical commentary Martin Iddon s book examines the creation of the Darmstadt New Music Courses and the slow development and subsequent collapse of the idea of the Darmstadt School, showing how participants in the West German new music scene, iNew Music at Darmstadt explores the rise and fall of the so called Darmstadt School , through a wealth of primary sources and analytical commentary Martin Iddon s book examines the creation of the Darmstadt New Music Courses and the slow development and subsequent collapse of the idea of the Darmstadt School, showing how participants in the West German new music scene, including Herbert Eimert and a range of journalistic commentators, created an image of a coherent entity, despite the very diverse range of compositional practices on display at the courses The book also explores the collapse of the seeming collegiality of the Darmstadt composers, which crystallised around the arrival there in 1958 of the most famous, and notorious, of all post war composers, John Cage, an event Carl Dahlhaus opined swept across the European avant garde like a natural disaster.

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    1. This book by Martin Iddon is a history of some of the polemics at the summer new music courses in Darmstadt from their founding right after World War II to the death of their first organizer, Wolfgang Steinecke in 1962. While Darmstadt is often looked back on as a “school”, a group of composers united in a certain avant-garde direction, disagreement was in fact rife, with a number of divergent approaches at any particular time. After sketching the beginnings of the Darmstadt courses in the [...]

    2. Iddon presents an in depth study of the history of ideas of the Darmstadt summer course, from the beginnings after the war until the death of Steinecke in 1961. After a very promising introductory chapter, the books gets too up close on the details for my taste. Iddon has his microscope zoomed in on the various lectures given by Adorno, Nono, Stockhausen and Cage (with Boulez as a mostly absent side character) and reviews of some of the concerts. If one is turned on by the inner workings of the [...]

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