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Robert Carl

Music Composition in the 21st Century: A Practical Guide for the New Common Practice (Book)

Label: Bloomsbury

Format: Book

Genre: Sound Art



The state of contemporary music is dizzyingly diverse in terms of style, media, traditions, and techniques. How have trends in music developed over the past decades? Music Composition in the 21st Century is a guide for composers and students that helps them navigate the often daunting complexity and abundance of resources and influences that confront them as they work to achieve a personal expression.

From pop to classical, the book speaks to the creative ways that new composers mix and synthesize music, creating a music that exists along a more continuous spectrum rather than in a series of siloed practices. It pays special attention to a series of critical issues that have surfaced in recent years, including harmony, the influence of minimalism, the impact of technology, strategies of "openness," sound art, collaboration, and improvisation. Robert Carl identifies an emerging common practice that allows creators to make more informed aesthetic and technical decisions and also fosters an inherently positive approach to new methods.

Robert Carl is Chair of the composition program at the Hartt School, University of Hartford, USA, and an internationally performed concert composer. He is the editor of Jonathan Kramer’s Postmodern Music, Postmodern Listening (Bloomsbury, 2016), and the author of Terry Riley’s In C (2009).

Cat. number: 9781501357572
Year: 2020

272 pp
178 x 254 mm

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