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The Pimlico Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Composers surveys the entire field of twentieth-century music in the classical Western tradition, for newcomers and experts alike. Including over 500 composers and discussing in depth the music of 350 of them, this dictionary is arranged by country, from Argentina and Austria to the Ukraine and the USA. Each country has an introduction to its twentieth-century music, followed by entries on individual composers and lists of recommended works.
Those fresh to modern music can find helpful information and discover new composers. For the expert, the sheer scope of the guide will introduce many an unfamilar but interesting work. Written with passion and extensive knowledge of the variety of modern music, The Pimlico Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Composers gives us a comprehensive overview and will be invaluable as a reference book for generations to come.
Mark Morris is a Welsh librettist and writer, now living in Canada. He was Wales correspondent ofClassical Music Fortnightlyfrom 1979 to 1986, and in 1995 completed the first English Creative Writing PhD in Canada. His many collaborations with composers include the operasThe Skin Drumwith composer Julian Grant, winner of the 1988 Opera Association of North America Chamber Opera Competition, andKafka's Chimpwith composer John Metcalf, for the 1996 Banff Festival of the Arts. In addition to his writing activities, he teaches opera singing and acting techniques, and has regularly directed both theatre and opera.
"Consistently helpful. . . and massively well-informed. . . its breadth and throughness is astonishing. . . I can't think of anything quite like it. . . Heartily recommended."