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The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt ‐ Edited by Stephen Peles, Stephen Dembski, Andrew Mead and Joseph N. Straus

The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt ‐ Edited by Stephen Peles, Stephen Dembski, Andrew Mead... Stephen Peles , Stephen Dembski , Andrew Mead and Joseph N. Straus (eds.), The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press , 2003 ). xi + 517 pp. £26.95. ISBN 0‐691‐08966‐3 (hb) Once, when I was a graduate student struggling to learn German, I took a break from ploughing through Carl Dahlhaus in the original in order to treat myself to something, anything, written in English. I'm not quite sure what possessed me to pick up an essay by Milton Babbitt; suffice to say that, after half a page consisting of about one sentence and countless subordinate clauses, I decided that Dahlhaus wasn't so bad after all. Perhaps it is years of subsequent daily contact with a language in which a profusion of subordinate clauses is normal that now has me wondering what the problem was. This volume, filled with such intelligent, rigorous and persistently uncompromising texts, comes as a breath of fresh air. It demonstrates the reach of Babbitt's theoretical axe and the tenacity and integrity with which he grinds it. By 1984, he had come, out of frustration, to wish that he ‘could sharpen’ this tool ‘into a deadly weapon directed at those http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Music Analysis Wiley

The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt ‐ Edited by Stephen Peles, Stephen Dembski, Andrew Mead and Joseph N. Straus

Music Analysis , Volume 26 (3) – Oct 1, 2007

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© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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0262-5245
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1468-2249
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10.1111/j.1468-2249.2008.00263.x
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Stephen Peles , Stephen Dembski , Andrew Mead and Joseph N. Straus (eds.), The Collected Essays of Milton Babbitt (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press , 2003 ). xi + 517 pp. £26.95. ISBN 0‐691‐08966‐3 (hb) Once, when I was a graduate student struggling to learn German, I took a break from ploughing through Carl Dahlhaus in the original in order to treat myself to something, anything, written in English. I'm not quite sure what possessed me to pick up an essay by Milton Babbitt; suffice to say that, after half a page consisting of about one sentence and countless subordinate clauses, I decided that Dahlhaus wasn't so bad after all. Perhaps it is years of subsequent daily contact with a language in which a profusion of subordinate clauses is normal that now has me wondering what the problem was. This volume, filled with such intelligent, rigorous and persistently uncompromising texts, comes as a breath of fresh air. It demonstrates the reach of Babbitt's theoretical axe and the tenacity and integrity with which he grinds it. By 1984, he had come, out of frustration, to wish that he ‘could sharpen’ this tool ‘into a deadly weapon directed at those

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Music AnalysisWiley

Published: Oct 1, 2007

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