Metamusic versusthe Sound of Music: A Critique of Serialism

Author: Thomson, William
Year:2010
Pages:252
ISBN:0-7734-3807-6
978-0-7734-3807-1
Price:199.95
This study utilizes knowledge banks: acoustics, cognition/perception, ethnomusicology and cultural records in probing Serialism’s basic assumptions. It examines analyses by such leaders in the serialist world as Milton Babbitt, David Lewin and Allen Forte.

Reviews

“. . . a welcome addition to [the author’s] influential series of contributions to music and arts criticism.” – Prof. David Butler, Ohio State University

“The colorful prose strikes me as uniquely (and delightfully) suited to the subject matter at hand, and the case presented is compelling.” – Prof. Don Gibson, Florida State University

Table of Contents

Foreword by David Butler
Acknowledgments

Prologue Chapter 1 Setting the Scene
Chapter 2 Music’s Epiphany: “The Most Abstract of the Arts”
Chapter 3 Those Kindred Fruits of Revolution
Chapter 4 Dashes of Sonic Reality—Midst Heavy Theory-Spinning
Chapter 5 Meanwhile: Beyond Our West-European Orbit
Chapter 6 Empirical Psychology’s Verdict
Ent?acte Serialist Seeds in Full Bloom
Chapter 7 Masters of MetaMusic
Chapter 8 . . .and the Beat Goes On
Bibliography
Index