This text is introduces students to the various styles pioneered in 20th century music through a series of key listening examples. Written in an easy-to-understand style, the author begins by addressing twenty questions about "New Music" and then proceeds through a varied repertoire of works in a way that brings twentieth century music alive and take on meaning.
Duckworth (music, Bucknell U.) introduces students and music lovers to the changing styles of classical music of the century. He first explores some of the difficulties people have appreciating it, then highlights 20 pieces chronologically by composers from Claude Debussy and Scott Joplin to Arvo P<:a>rt and Meredith Monk. He includes biographical as well as musical information. The compact disc contains all but two of the pieces, mostly from commercial recordings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)