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Amy Bauer, Ligeti's Laments: Nostalgia, Exoticism and the Absolute (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2011). xvii + 234 pp. $99.95/£55.00. ISBN 978‐1‐4094‐ ...

Amy Bauer, Ligeti's Laments: Nostalgia, Exoticism and the Absolute (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing,... Three books recently published by Ashgate focus on twentieth‐century repertoire in order to highlight diverse compositional and analytical perspectives on the past. A suggestion of embedded traditions in recent repertoire is alluring but difficult to isolate, and where these traditions are no longer common practice, their meanings can be ambiguous and provocative. Both Hans Werner Henze: ‘Tristan’ (1973) by Stephen Downes and John Adams's ‘Nixon in China’ by Timothy A. Johnson provide welcome additions to the relatively scant English‐language literature on these composers. Equally valuable, Amy Bauer's topical approach to Ligeti's compositional development in Ligeti's Laments: Nostalgia, Exoticism, and the Absolute complements and builds upon biographies of Ligeti by Richard Steinitz and Richard Toop. Singly and together, these three volumes present stimulating analytical discussions on the functions of quotation and allusion, authenticity and ideological tensions between past and present cultural practices. In choosing to write his own Tristan , Henze confronts on the one hand the literary heritage of the legend of Tristan and Isolde and on the other a musical reception history which views Wagner's Tristan and Isolde as a pivotal moment in the development of tonal chromaticism into atonality. Moreover, Downes suggests that Henze's Tristan is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

Amy Bauer, Ligeti's Laments: Nostalgia, Exoticism and the Absolute (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2011). xvii + 234 pp. $99.95/£55.00. ISBN 978‐1‐4094‐ ...

Music Analysis , Volume 33 (1) – Jan 1, 2014

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Music Analysis © 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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Three books recently published by Ashgate focus on twentieth‐century repertoire in order to highlight diverse compositional and analytical perspectives on the past. A suggestion of embedded traditions in recent repertoire is alluring but difficult to isolate, and where these traditions are no longer common practice, their meanings can be ambiguous and provocative. Both Hans Werner Henze: ‘Tristan’ (1973) by Stephen Downes and John Adams's ‘Nixon in China’ by Timothy A. Johnson provide welcome additions to the relatively scant English‐language literature on these composers. Equally valuable, Amy Bauer's topical approach to Ligeti's compositional development in Ligeti's Laments: Nostalgia, Exoticism, and the Absolute complements and builds upon biographies of Ligeti by Richard Steinitz and Richard Toop. Singly and together, these three volumes present stimulating analytical discussions on the functions of quotation and allusion, authenticity and ideological tensions between past and present cultural practices. In choosing to write his own Tristan , Henze confronts on the one hand the literary heritage of the legend of Tristan and Isolde and on the other a musical reception history which views Wagner's Tristan and Isolde as a pivotal moment in the development of tonal chromaticism into atonality. Moreover, Downes suggests that Henze's Tristan is

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