Joseph Auner's Music in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries explores the sense of possibility unleashed by the era's destabilizing military conflicts, social upheavals, and technological advances. Auner shows how the multiplicity of musical styles has called into question traditional assumptions about compositional practice, the boundaries of music and noise, and the relationship among composer, performer, and listener. He also shows how composers and their works have played important roles in defining ideas of nation, race, and gender, and thus in shaping the modern world for better and worse. Western Music in Context: A Norton History comprises six volumes of moderate length, each written in an engaging style by a recognized expert. Authoritative and current, the series examines music in the broadest sense-as sounds notated, performed, and heard-focusing not only on composers and works, but also on broader social and intellectual currents.
1. Introduction: A Sense of Possibility Part I: From the Turn of the Century to the First World War 2. Expanding Musical Worlds at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 3. Making New Musical Languages 4. Folk Sources, the Primitive, and the Search for Authenticity Part II: The Interwar Years 5. New Music Taking Flight after World War I 6. Paris, Neo-Classicism, and the Art of the Everyday 7. The Search for Order and Balance 8. Inventing Traditions Part III: The Second World War and Its Aftermath 9. Rebuilding amid the Ruins 10. Electronic Music from Magnetic Tape to the Internet 11. Trajectories of Order and Chance Part IV: From the 1960s to the Present 12. Texture, Groups, Loops, and Layers 13. Histories Recollected and Remade 14. Minimalism and its Repercussions 15. Border Crossings