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A bibliography and list of selected works round out the volume, which succeeds in demystifying an area that, until now, has been the exclusive province only of the specialist. Sitsky presents a collection of short essays about composers determined to be part of the 20th-century avant-garde, accompanied by selected works lists and bibliographies for each composer Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and general readers.
It then proceeds through the various listings in exemplary fashion, greatly facilitating the work of any serious student of Steve Reich's music. Libraries Unlimited. Whereas the avant-garde has a significant history in 20th-century music, it is more pronounced in theatre and performance art, and often in conjunction with music and sound design innovations, as well as developments in visual media design.
There are movements in theatre history that are characterized by their contributions to the avant-garde traditions in both the United States and Europe. Among these are Fluxus , Happenings , and Neo-Dada. Further information: Mainstream. See also: Media culture and Spectacle critical theory. Main article: Avant-garde music.
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Retrieved 14 March Porter, Tom. Renato Poggioli The Theory of the Avant-Garde.
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. Theorie der Avantgarde. Suhrkamp Verlag. English translation University of Minnesota Press Notes Edited by Larry Sitsky, with foreword by Jonathan D. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, ISBN Work lists, bibliographies, charts, index.
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Steve Reich: A Bio-Bibliography. Bio-Bibliographies in Music, The term avant-garde used to conjure up military associations—images of elite troops venturing boldly into foreign or enemy territory, well ahead of the rest of the forces. In music, the word is usually used to refer to innovators setting out to conquer the unknown—but hardly as a technical term whose meaning needs to be narrowly circumscribed. Yet that is precisely what editor Larry Sitsky, aided by no fewer than fifty contributing scholars, seems to be intent on doing: determining the exact meaning of avant-garde, as well as who is and who is not.
At the same time, though, they widen the circle of candidates for the honor in such a way that the composers included span every possible stylistic direction in the twentieth century. This forces Sitsky and his collaborators to make some exaggerated claims about the "avant-gardeness" of certain composers who are not ordinarily seen as tradition-breakers. Granted, most composers worth their salt have done something others had not done before, but doesn't classifying so many of them as "avant-gardists" rob the word of whatever meaning or usefulness it might have had?