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Music of the Twentieth Century


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Table of Contents - 6 Foreword by Rokus de Groot - 8 Preface - 10 Introduction - 12 Chapter 1: Panorama - 20 Chapter 2: Rhythm - 38 Chapter 3: Melody - 60 Chapter 4: Simultaneity - 78 Chapter 5: Timbre - 98 Chapter 6: Exoticism and Folklore - 118 Chapter 7: From Free Atonality to 12-Note Music - 136 Chapter 8: From 12-Note Music to... - 164 Chapter 9: From the Sixties to the Present Day - 196 Notes - 206 List of Examples - 210 List of Abbreviations - 214 Acknowledgements - 216 About the Author - 218 Index - 220

About the Author

Ton de Leeuw's lifetime engagement with music, European and Oriental, gives this book its unique insight into what constitutes true modernity and innovation


"Ton de Leeuw's music is essentially diatonic. He uses modes, melodic lines, counterpoints, chords, but it all remains diatonic. Hardly any discords. The colour is white, or just a shade bluish, sometimes a golden light is added. But the spirit always remains diatonic in a static way that is very close to the type of oriental music which penetrates the listener and gets him into a semi-oneiric state, the state of a waking dream.

--Olivier Messiaen

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