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MetaMusic versus the Sound of Music: A Critique of Serialism
Thomson, William

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This study utilizes knowledge banks: acoustics, cognition/perception, ethnomusicology and cultural records in probing Serialism’s basic assumptions. It examines analyses by such leaders in the serialist world as Milton Babbitt, David Lewin and Allen Forte.


“. . . a welcome addition to [the author’s] influential series of contributions to music and arts criticism.” – Prof. David Butler, Ohio State University

“The colorful prose strikes me as uniquely (and delightfully) suited to the subject matter at hand, and the case presented is compelling.” – Prof. Don Gibson, Florida State University

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Butler

Prologue Chapter 1 Setting the Scene
Chapter 2 Music’s Epiphany: “The Most Abstract of the Arts”
Chapter 3 Those Kindred Fruits of Revolution
Chapter 4 Dashes of Sonic Reality—Midst Heavy Theory-Spinning
Chapter 5 Meanwhile: Beyond Our West-European Orbit
Chapter 6 Empirical Psychology’s Verdict
Entŕacte Serialist Seeds in Full Bloom
Chapter 7 Masters of MetaMusic
Chapter 8 . . .and the Beat Goes On

ISBN10:  0-7734-3807-6   ISBN13:  978-0-7734-3807-1    Pages:  252    Year:  2010   

Series: hors série Number: 0

Subject Area: Music & Dance 

Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press

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