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Musical revolutions : how the sounds of the Western world changed / Stuart Isacoff.

Isacoff, Stuart, (author.).

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Hawley Public Library 780.9 ISA (Text) 33500013621305 New In transit -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525658634
  • ISBN: 0525658637
  • Physical Description: 303 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [279]-285) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- Singing from Symbols -- Tones Like Coiling Vines -- The Birth of Opera -- Out of the Bachs -- The Showoffs -- The Alchemy of Sound -- Jazz Goes to Paris -- A Great Noise -- Emancipating the Dissonance -- Bebop -- Miles Ahead -- Process Music -- A Question of Sex -- Mozart Among the Lotus Blossoms -- Epilogue. The Revolutionary Spirit.
Summary, etc.:
"From the critically acclaimed author of Temperament, a narrative account of the most defining moments in musical history-classical, jazz, rock-all of which forever altered Western culture"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 April #1
    *Starred Review* The different meanings of the word revolution—upheaval, a turn or arc, radical change—all apply to the tectonic shifts in musical composition and performance brilliantly covered by prize-winning music writer Isacoff. Focusing on pivotal periods of transformation, Isacoff begins more than 1,000 years ago with the invention of musical notation. Capturing a musical phrase in a series of marks on a clef was the groundbreaking achievement of an Italian monk, Guido of Arezzo (990–1050). Proceeding from the advent of notation systems, Isacoff magnificently connects future innovations in music to developments in history, literature, and the arts. The origins and drama of opera, the influences of J. S. Bach and his family, and the magical performances of artists like Paganini and Liszt are examined in detail. Early-twentieth-century composers, such as Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Berg, and Webern, concentrated on the interplay between tonality and dissonance and paved the way for newer experimental forms from composers like John Cage and Steve Reich. As the time line progresses, Isacoff covers ragtime, bebop, and jazz and focuses on the influential women, Black, and Asian artists and performers who broke new ground in fields for so long dominated by white men. Musical Revolutions is enchanting and enlightening, an inspiring chronicle of the sounds that reflect the creativity, artistry, and "revolutionary spirit" of humanity. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

STUART ISACOFF is a pianist, writer, and the founder of Piano Today magazine, which he edited for nearly three decades. A winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and many other leading publications. He is also the author of Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization, A Natural History of the Piano, and When the World Stopped to Listen. He lives in Closter, New Jersey.

Subject: Music > History and criticism.
Music and history.
MUSIC / History & Criticism.
Music and history.
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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