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Middlebrow Modernism

Middlebrow Modernism

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Situated at the intersections of twentieth-century music history, historiography, and aesthetics, Middlebrow Modernism uses Benjamin Britten's operas to illustrate the ways in which composers, critics, and audiences mediated the "great divide" between modernism and mass culture. Reviving mid-century discussions of the middlebrow, Christopher Chowrimootoo demonstrates how Britten's works allowed audiences to have their modernist cake and eat it: to revel in the pleasures of consonance, lyricism, and theatrical spectacle even while enjoying the prestige that came from rejecting them. By focusing on moments when reigning aesthetic oppositions and hierarchies threatened to collapse, this study offers a powerful model for recovering shades of grey in the traditionally black-and-white historiographies of twentieth-century music.
About the Author:

Christopher Chowrimootoo is Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies and in the Department of Music at the University of Notre Dame.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520298651
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publisher Imprint: University of California Press
  • Height: 226 mm
  • No of Pages: 244
  • Series Title: California Studies in 20th-Century Music
  • Weight: 368 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0520298659
  • Publisher Date: 09 Oct 2018
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Width: 150 mm

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