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Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others)

Editor(s): Jack Boss, Brad Osborn, Tim S. Pack and Stephen Rodgers
Contributors: Erik Heine;
Subject: Music

Book Description

Analyzing the Music of Living Composers (and Others) is a collection of essays that grew out of the 2010 annual meeting of the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis. The stated purpose was to apply traditional music-analytic techniques, as well as new, innovative techniques, to describing the music of composers of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The goal was to take steps toward making the music of our time a bit less impenetrable for our colleagues, students and other listeners by showing how it follows, varies, and sometimes controverts the organizational schemes of older music. This collection includes chapters analyzing music of older eras as well, including a number that throw light on the analysis of recent music in unexpected ways, and there are also several chapters that propose innovative analytic approaches to recent popular music and jazz.

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4227-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4227-3
Date of Publication: 01/01/2013
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £44.99
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Biography

Jack Boss is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon. His research interests center around large-scale coherence in Schoenberg’s music. He has published numerous articles on this topic and related ones, and has just completed a book titled Symmetry and the Musical Idea in Schoenberg’s Twelve-Tone Music, which is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He has been President of the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis since 2003.

Brad Osborn is Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University. Most of his published research addresses compositional technique and listener perception in post-millennial experimental rock music. Brad is currently working on a larger project that analyzes meaning in the music of the British rock group, Radiohead.

Tim S. Pack is Instructor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon. His publications range from articles on the motets of Obrecht and Orto to the liturgical works of Distler and Messiaen. His most recent publications are an essay on ostinato-tenor composition around 1500 (Brepols, 2012) and an article on the choral-symphonic works of Boccherini (Ut Orpheus Edizioni, 2013). Tim has also examined the music of living composers such as Willem Ceuleers, Colin Mawby, George Walker, Karl Jenkins, Michael Torke, Arvo Pärt, and Einojuhani Rautavaara.

Stephen Rodgers is Associate Professor of Music Theory and Musicianship at the University of Oregon. A specialist in nineteenth-century music, he has published articles on text-music relations, program music, rhythm and meter, and musical form. His book Form, Program, and Metaphor in the Music of Berlioz was published by Cambridge University Press in 2009, and he is currently working on a set of articles about the Lieder of Fanny Hensel.