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Twentieth-Century Music and Mathematics

R. Illiano (ed.)
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approx. 416 p., Musical examples and figures, 216 x 280 mm, 2019
ISBN: 978-2-503-58570-3
Languages: English, French, Italian
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The volume deals with the relationship between music and mathematics during the Twentieth Century

Music and mathematics have been connected since ancient times. During the twentieth century, however, many composers consciously started using many mathematical concepts, algebraic operations and theorems as bases for their creative processes. The first part of this volume deals with the relationship between music and mathematics in the music of composers such as Olivier Messiaen, Iannis Xenakis, Franco Evangelisti, Pierre Boulez, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Philip Glass. A chapter is then dedicated to Spanish composers of the last forty years (Francisco Guerrero, Alberto Posadas, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Iluminada Pérez Frutos, Nuría Gimenez Comas, Helga Arias and José López Montes). The theme continues in the second part of the book through the examination of prominent theories (Neo-Riemannian theory, diatonic set theory, theory of musical kaleidocycles), the use of diagrams and charts in music, the algorithmic evolution of music, contemporary compositional practices inspired by mathematical concepts; it arrives at studies on double canons and trichords. We publish a philosophical study in order to ask what the future of the relationship between music and mathematics will be at the beginning of the 21st century. Includes an introduction by Massimiliano Locanto.

ROBERTO ILLIANO is General Secretary of the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini (Lucca) and President of the Italian National Edition of Muzio Clementi’s Complete Works. He is a member of the scholarly committee of the Italian National Edition of Luigi Boccherini’s Complete Works. A founder of Ad Parnassum Journal, he has published a variety of writing on 19th- and 20th-century music, in particular on Luigi Dallapiccola and Italian music under the Italian fascism.

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Musicology

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