British musical modernism: The Manchester group and their contemporaries

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British Musical Modernism explores the works of eleven key composers to reveal the rapid shifts of expression and technique that transformed British art music in the post-war period. Responding to radical avant-garde developments in post-war Europe, the Manchester Group composers - Alexander Goehr, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Harrison Birtwistle - and their contemporaries assimilated the serial-structuralist preoccupations of mid-century internationalism to an art grounded in resurgent local traditions. In close readings of some thirty-five scores, Philip Rupprecht traces a modernism suffused with the formal elegance of the 1950s, the exuberant theatricality of the 1960s, and - in the works of David Bedford and Tim Souster - the pop, minimalist, and live-electronic directions of the early 1970s. Setting music-analytic insights against a broader social-historical backdrop, Rupprecht traces a British musical modernism that was at once a collective artistic endeavor, and a sounding myth of national identity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rupprecht, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 2015

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 492

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780521844482

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9781139033350

Citation Source

  • Scopus