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By Ton de Leeuw

Ton de Leeuw used to be a really groundbreaking composer. As evidenced by means of his pioneering examine of compositional equipment that melded jap conventional tune with Western musical concept, he had a profound figuring out of the advanced and sometimes divisive historical past of twentieth-century song. Now his popular chronicle Music of the 20th Century is accessible right here in a newly revised English-language edition.
Music of the 20th Century is going past a ancient survey with its lucid and impassioned dialogue of the weather, buildings, compositional rules, and terminologies of twentieth-century song. De Leeuw attracts on his adventure as a composer, instructor, and track pupil of non-European song traditions, together with Indian, Indonesian, and eastern tune, to check how musical options that constructed in the course of the 20th century remodeled musical concept, composition, and scholarly proposal round the globe.

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