Illegal Harmonies: Music in the Modern Age

Andrew Ford

Published by Black Inc, 2011
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Synopsis: A delightful and informative history of modern music. Harmony is created by bringing sounds together. In music lessons, we learn how to do this in a formal way: we learn about chords and keys, and we are given rules for using them. This is the textbook way; this is legal harmony. Everything else including the sounds that constantly surround us, those of ticking clocks, dogs, traffic, birdsong and aeroplanes is illegal harmony. Illegal Harmonies charts the course of music over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, linking it to developments in literature, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, and to popular music from Irving Berlin to The Beatles to rap. The result is a stimulating, provocative and always informative cultural history.

About the Author: Andrew Ford is a composer, writer and broadcaster and presents The Music Show on ABC Radio National. The Sound of Pictures is his sixth book. His study of music in the twentieth century, Illegal Harmonies, will be reissued by Black Inc. in 2011.

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Title: Illegal Harmonies: Music in the Modern Age
Publisher: Black Inc
Publication Date: 2011
Binding: Paperback
Book Condition: Good
Edition: Third.

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Book Description Black Inc., Australia, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. 3rd ed. Language: English. Brand new Book. Listen, What Do You Hear? We are surrounded by sounds all the time, but we tend not to hear them; our brains are very good at editing what our ears pick up.If we stop for a moment to listen, there they are- the ticking clock, traffic noise, fragments of conversation, a passing plane.These are examples of what the American composer John Cage called 'illegal harmony'. In response to the noisiest century in history, modern composers have consistently flown in the face of musical orthodoxy. As technology has changed at an unprecedented rate, so have musical styles - sometimes to the dismay of audiences and critics. In Illegal Harmonies, Andrew Ford charts the course of music in the concert hall and opera house over the last hundred years, linking it to developments in literature, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, and to popular music from Irving Berlin to the Beatles to rap.The result is a stimulating, provocative and informative cultural history.This revised third edition includes a new preface and extended epilogue, bringing the story into the twenty-first century. 'Modern audiences need to learn how to listen and Andrew Ford might be just the man to do the teaching.' Australian Financial Review 'Illegal Harmonies is a book very hard to put down. It brims with useful information.' Quadrant. Seller Inventory # LIE9781863955287

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