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Rationalizing CultureIRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde$
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Georgina Born

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520202160

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520202160.001.0001

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Prehistory

Modernism, Postmodernism, and Music

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(p.40) Chapter II Prehistory
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Rationalizing Culture
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Born Georgina

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520202160.003.0003

This chapter examines musical modernism in relation to the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). It shows that the major characteristics of IRCAM culture are prefigured not only by musical modernism, but by significant features of modernist art in general, and suggests that the evolution of musical modernism must be understood within the context of broader cultural-historical forces. The chapter characterizes modernism and postmodernism in music, and considers experimental musical as musical postmodernism.

Keywords:   musical modernism, IRCAM, modernist art, cultural-historical forces, experimental music, musical postmodernism

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