By Robert P. Morgan (eds.)
Examines 10 components during which there have been specific musical responses to the days from 1918-1945. Post-WWI chapters are fewer & broader in scope, reflecting the convergence of musical languages. bankruptcy on tune of the Nineteen Seventies & `80s.
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And, in spite of their stated differences in technical approach, both incorporated a significant degree of abstract calculation and of unpredictability. Integral serialism represented an extension of Schoenberg's technique of the serial control of pitch, developed during the 1920s in his early twelve-note compositions, now generalized to include all other elements of the musical structure: rhythm, dynamics, articulation, registration, instrumentation and even form. But the differences were much more fundamental than the mention of a mere technical extension might suggest.
By the end of the decade attitudes to composition had undergone a thorough transformation. In place of the two principal 'orthodoxies' of the 1950s serialism and indeterminacy - there were diverse and competing tendencies. The relatively 'pure', historically neutral musical language of the earlier movements, favouring vocabularies with as few ties to traditional music as possible, gave way to a more inclusive mix that juxtaposed traditional and non-traditional elements with little concern for stylistic consistency or historical fidelity.
The spirit of Bach also looms large in two works for solo piano from 1924 and 1925, the Sonata and the Serenade in A, and Stravinsky's new style seemed to be consolidated. Stravinsky's largest stage work of this period was the opera-oratorio Oedipus rex, with a Latin text translated from a libretto by Jean Cocteau, produced by Dyagilev in Paris in 1927. At a tangent from these are two major works inspired by Tchaikovsky. Mavra, a short comic opera in one act with a libretto adapted from Pushkin by Boris Kochno, consciously attempts to recapture the Italianate bel canto style of Tchaikovsky's songs and operas.