Music and Figurative Arts in the Twentieth Century


edited by Roberto Illiano, Turnhout, Brepols, 2016 (Speculum Musicae, 29), pp. xvi+451, 32 color ill., ISBN 978-2-503-57024-2.


The present volume has been made possibile by the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation

The relationship between music and figurative arts during the twentieth century is encoded in the links that exist between various composers and artists (such as Arnold Schönberg and Wassily Kandinsky, Igor Stravinsky and Pablo Picasso, Pierre Boulez and Paul Klee, etc.).

The present volume, which brings together 23 essays by musicologists of different nationalities, aims to explore this multifaceted world and will focus on artistic movements and political-sociological phenomena, including musical iconography associated with totalitarian regimes of the twentieth century.
Moreover some articles examine Public Art & Pop Art movements in the 1950/60, the relationships between avant-garde artists, composers and repertoires. Finally, some studies are dedicated to the concurrences of musical and artistic aesthetics, and to the personal experiences of contemporary composers like Aldo Clementi, György Ligeti, Paweł Łukaszewski’s or Karlheinz Stockhausen.

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