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"Au–delà d’une musique informelle": Nostalgia, obsolescence and the avant-garde

Author(s): Krejmer Lorens

Journal: Muzikologija
ISSN 1450-9814

Volume: 2006;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2006;
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Keywords: avant-garde | Brian Ferneyhough | Walter Benjamin | Charles Ives | John Cage | inform | nostalgia | obsolescence

This essay draws on the concepts of profane illumination and the inform to develop a model of the avant-garde in relation to obsolescence and nostalgia. The model is illustrated musically by accounts of two American works, the finale of Charles Ives’s Second Orchestral Set (1915) and John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape No. 4 for twelve radios (1951).
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