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To Boulez and Beyond: Music in Europe Since the Rite of Spring
by Joan Peyser
Beginning with Stravinsky and his seminal work early in the 20th century, this work traces the course of classical music. The author covers the major figures in music of the past 100 years from Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Varese and Webern to Boulez, Cage, Henze and Stockhausen.
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Watson-Guptill Publications
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Joan Peyser's book TO BOULEZ AND BEYOND: Music in Europe Since the Rite of Spring has a rather deceptive title. I assumed that it would be an overview of contemporary music, profiling various composers. Instead, Peyser's book is divided into two halves. The first is a history of the work of Stravinsky and of the Second Viennese School, exploring how they each contributed to European music. The second half is a gushing (but that's okay, I admire him myself) biography of Boulez alone, that only go ...more