New Music Theatre in Europe

Transformations between 1955-1975

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Abstract

Between 1955 and 1975 music theatre became a central preoccupation for European composers digesting the consequences of the revolutionary experiments in musical language that followed the end of the Second World War. The ‘new music theatre’ wrought multiple, significant transformations, serving as a crucible for the experimental rethinking of theatrical traditions, artistic genres, the conventions of performance, and the composer’s relation to society. This volume brings together leading specialists from across Europe to offer a new appraisal of the genre. It is structured according to six themes that investigate: the relation of new music theatre to earlier and contemporaneous theories of drama; the use of new technologies; the relation of new music theatre to progressive politics; the role of new venues and environments; the advancement of new conceptions of the performer; and the challenges that new music theatre lays down for music analysis. Contributing authors address canonical works by composers such as Berio, Birtwistle, Henze, Kagel, Ligeti, Nono, and Zimmermann, but also expand the field to figures and artistic developments not regularly represented in existing music histories. Particular attention is given to new music theatre as a site of intense exchange – between practitioners of different art forms, across national borders, and with diverse mediating institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Number of pages332
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9780429451669
ISBN (Print)9781138323018, 1138323012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameMusical Cultures of the Twentieth Century
PublisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis

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Music Theatre
Composer
Musical Language
Revolution
Drama
Music History
Art Form
Experiment
Performer
Crucible
Conception
Gyorgy Ligeti
Music Analysis
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Adlington, R. (Ed.) (2019). New Music Theatre in Europe: Transformations between 1955-1975. (1 ed.) (Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century). London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429451669
Adlington, Robert (Editor). / New Music Theatre in Europe : Transformations between 1955-1975. 1 ed. London : Routledge, 2019. 332 p. (Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century).
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