New Music Theatre in Europe: Transformations between 1955-1975

1st Edition

Robert Adlington

April 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 344 Pages - 59 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138323018 - CAT# K392030
Series: Musical Cultures of the Twentieth Century


Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!


The new music theatre of the third quarter of the twentieth century presents a research field of great richness. In these years, music theatre became one of the main preoccupations for (especially) young composers digesting the consequences of the revolutionary experiments in musical language that followed the end of the Second World War. Despite the importance of ‘music theatre’ in this period, many significant works are now almost forgotten, and very few regularly revived, often because of the inadequacies of surviving notations or the unusual demands of staging. New music theatre between 1955 and 1975 challenged accepted genre categories, but in so doing often failed to find a secure place in the repertory. The use of different national languages, and the close relationship with local trends in other kinds of theatre, also militated against the spread of works’ reputations internationally.

The volume takes as a focus the idea of ‘transformation’, for instance, to historical approaches to the conjoining of music and staged action; to conceptions of music and musical performance; to the afterlives of theories of drama developed originally in the spoken theatre; to composers’ conceptions of their relation to wider society; and to new music theatre itself as it developed through the twenty-year period that is the focus of this book. The volume presents new music theatre as a site of intense exchange – between practitioners of different art forms, across national borders, and with artistic institutions and changing consumer technologies. Suitably, the volume itself is the outcome of a process of international and intradisciplinary exchange between leading scholars with diverse competencies, offering new insights into a period of great significance within recent music history.

Share this Title