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Changing of the Guards 1962–1970

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0006
Changing of the Guards 1962–1970

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This chapter focuses on the time of reactionary conservatism when alternative venues were developed for the production and performance of experimental music in West Germany. It covers the era from the building of the Berlin Wall to the time of student and worker revolts throughout Western Europe in 1968 and after. It suggests that during this period, the contrast between American contemporary classical music and its radical cousins became more defined. It also mentions observations that the freedom inherent in the European system became a breeding ground for reckless programming and that the avant-garde music sector had spun out of control.

Keywords: experimental music; reactionary conservatism; West Germany; Western Europe; classical music; avant-garde music

Chapter.  16125 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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