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Music in Our Time, by Adolfo Salazar, Stated 1st Ed, Hardcover w/ D/J, 1946


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Music in Our Time
Trends in Music Since the Romantic Era
by Adolfo Salazar


Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, New York
Copyright: 1946

This book traces the sources of contemporary music and seeks to discover how that music parallels the social and artistic currents of our time. In order to explore the genealogy of modern music. Mr. Salazar goes back to the prime of the romantic period when the idea of modernism proceeded from Richard Wagner, and continues to the point where the so-called nationalistic schools break what was formerly a homogeneous artistic era. He follows each of these lines of national music and, without losing sight of their interrelation, describes the changes and movements that evolved: post romanticism, the reaction toward form, impressionism and expressionism, analogies in painting and poetry, Debussy and the close of an epoch, the road toward atonality, Schönberg and the twelve-tone technique, polytonality and other experimental procedures, the subdivision of the semitone and the renunciation of the tempered system. Every angle of contemporary music is closely investigated-theory, technique, harmony, and orchestration, the impact of social forces and their history, the characteristics of the leading musical personalities and the manifestations of national cultures. A detailed chapter is, devoted to contemporary music in the Americas. The book presents a comprehensive and authoritative picture, seen against correct historical background, of the growth of music in our time. Adolfo Salazar, distinguished musicologist and composer. A modern composer himself, he is particularly at home in the field of present-day music and deeply concerned with its problems. He brings to this book not only the equipment of a sound musical scholarship but the rich cultural values, stimulating ideas, and rare insight of a literary artist.

CONDITION: This book is in good condition. Hardcover w D/J. The dust jacket is worn and chipped along edges and corners with some loss to head/tail of spine. The spine of the dust jacket has been reinforced/repaired with paper. Cloth boards are in very good shape with minimal wear. Hinges tight. Binding sturdy. The text block is crisp and clean.

367 pages, 6.5 " x 9.5"
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