Epilogue West: Bartók's Legacy and George Rochberg's Postmodernity

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

in Music Divided

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249653
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933392 | DOI:
Epilogue West: Bartók's Legacy and George Rochberg's Postmodernity

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This chapter skips forward in time to the early 1970s, when the musical divisions perpetuated by cold war politics were beginning to loosen. Just as composers in the East reclaimed modernism to begin dismantling the cold war musical order, so in the West some composers rehabilitated tools for musical expression that had languished in the 1950s while composers took refuge in “impersonal” styles. In part through imitation of Bartók's music and other music of the past, the American composer George Rochberg self-consciously sought to free his music from the stylistic distinctions and historical teleologies of the cold war, embracing a stylistic pluralism that would express wholeness rather than division.

Keywords: cold war; Bartók; musical expression; George Rochberg

Chapter.  3511 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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