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Times like the present: de-limiting music in the twenty-first century

Wilson, Charles ORCID: 2018. Times like the present: de-limiting music in the twenty-first century. Heile, Björn and Wilson, Charles, eds. The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, pp. 258-286. (10.4324/9781315613291-12)

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With the decline in currency of the postmodern, art music culture of the early twenty-first century seems to have few values left to assert apart from its contemporaneity, its sheer presentness. If anything, its particular brand of newness hinges on its claim to break down the putative limits and barriers that modernism erected, among them those of access, medium, location and subjectivity. While introducing three contrasted examples from the ‘expanded field’ of contemporary art music (Anna Clyne’s orchestral work Night Ferry, James Bulley’s and Daniel John Jones’s installation Living Symphonies, and Alvin Curran’s radiophonic Vindobona Blues), this chapter questions both the genuineness and newness of this boundary crossing and asks whether even twenty-first-century music that appears far removed from modernist values can afford entirely to leave them behind

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
M Music and Books on Music > MT Musical instruction and study
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781472470409
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 08:02

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