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What were the series of works by Luciano Berio that he titles Sequenza? Why are they significant?
Unaccompanied solo instruments. Each was written for a specific performer in mind.
Instead of concentrating on serial techniques, what did Elliot Carter focus on in his music?
Exhibits innovations in rhythm and form. Works with abstract titles (string quartets)
What was Carter's largest preoccupation in his composition?
Musical Time— later outlined his philosophy of time in an essay: Music and the Time Screen."
Ontological (objective) time as measured by the clock, psychological (or subjective) time as perceived by humans, Carter saw musical time as mediating between these two temporal aspects.
What is metric modulation?
A transition is made from one tempo and meter to another through an intermediate stage that shares aspects of both.
What Western and non-Western music did he say influenced his thinking?
14th century French Music Beethoven, Stravinksy, Webern.
Indian, Arabic, Balinese, and West African Music.
Why has most post-WWII modernist music found limited acceptance with the general public?
Had goals that did not include courting the public's affection.
"Whether born of existential angst, of dreams of a scientific utopia, or of other motivations, these figures valued artistic autonomy and technical innovation. They wrote for history, largely unconcerned about communicating with society." (Taruskin)
How did Milton Babbitt's famous essay, "The Composer as Specialist," illustrate the attitude of many (most?) post-WWII composers?
The Composer as a Specialist or sometimes re-titled "Who Cares if You Listen"
Argues that universities need to support new music, just as they support advanced research in the sciences. Argues that musicians need the same kind of support to peruse whatever they want to persue. If not, music will cease to evolve, and then will cease to live.
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