The Aesthetics of Survival: A Composer's View of Twentieth-Century Music

The Aesthetics of Survival: A Composer's View of Twentieth-Century Music

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Author/Editor: Rochberg, George
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Date: 2005
Binding: Paperback
Condition: USED - Very good. An excellent, unmarked copy with tight binding and minor shelf wear.

As a composer, George Rochberg has played a leading role in bringing about a transformation of contemporary music through a reassessment of its relation to tonality, melody, and harmony. In The Aesthetics of Survival, the author addresses the legacy of modernism in music and its related effect on the cultural milieu, particularly its overemphasis on the abstract, rationalist thinking embraced by contemporary science, technology, and philosophy. Rochberg argues for the renewal of holistic values in order to ensure the survival of music as a humanly expressive art.

A renowned composer, thinker, and teacher, George Rochberg has been honored with innumerable awards, including, most recently, an Alfred I. du Pont Award for Outstanding Conductors and Composers, and an André and Clara Mertens Contemporary Composer Award. He lives in Pennsylvania.