`Music for the masses': Milton Babbitt's cold war music theory

Brody, Martin
June 1993
Musical Quarterly;Summer93, Vol. 77 Issue 2, p161
Academic Journal
Analyzes composer Milton Babbit's methodological insistence in the use of scientific language reflected in his cold war music theory. Association with mass culture; Distinction between serious and populist music; Scientific versus propagandistic language in the arts; Pluralism in the cold war era; Emphasis of diversity in a free society; Babbit as an alienated modernist; Political contingencies justifying musical practices.


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