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Between Modernism and Postmodernism: Structure and Expression in John Adams, Kaija Saariaho and Thomas Ades


This chapter conveys postmodernism both as a historical moment and as a force within modernism to expand its range of expression, examining four areas. The first one is postminimalism, particularly as represented by John Adams’s Harmonielehre, which is symbolic, in style and date, of the age of postmodernism. The second topic is spectralist music, for which Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen serves as an example. The third focus is historical reference, as explored through the muted pluralism and intertextuality of Thomas Adès’s Asyla. The fourth section considers how musicology has expanded its understanding of social meaning in music.

Publication Date Oct 30, 2018
Pages 327 - 352
Book Title The Routledge Research Companion to Modernism in Music
ISBN 978-1-4724-7040-9
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