This is a forum for all forms of music received and appropriated as “modern” in any location around the globe, crossing the boundaries of post/tonality. The focus is primarily on art, avant-garde, experimental, and modernist music, by global (African, East/Southeast/South Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American) composers, minority composers from the West, and composers from the peripheries of Europe and North America.
By Jung-Min Lee
Unsuk Chin, born in South Korea and now based in Germany, has only occasionally engaged with traditional Korean or Asian music. Among a handful of examples is the last movement of Akrostichon-Wortspiel (1991), titled “Aus der alten Zeit,” described as “an ironic commentary on the traditional Korean court music” (it is left to t…[Read more]
Gavin Lee started the topic How can we increase the visibility of global musical modernisms? in the discussion Global Musical Modernisms on Humanities Commons 1 week, 5 days ago
How can we increase the visibility of global musical modernisms?
By Barry Wiener
The substance of sound is central to Japanese composer Akemi Naito’s compositional thinking. She asserts that the structure of a work “follows the sound,” which has “energy of direction.” Naito feels that “writing for percussion gives the composer space for possibilities.”<1> As a young student in Tokyo during the 1960s and 70s…[Read more]
Gavin Lee edited the post Significance of the Parts in Music of Tōru Takemitsu in the group Global Musical Modernisms: on Humanities Commons 1 week, 6 days ago
By Tomoko Deguchi
This essay contemplates one of the underlying Japanese cultural tendencies, an emphasis on the significance of individual parts (as opposed to the whole), and its manifestation in the music of Tōru Takemitsu. Takemitsu’s surface musical language is based on the idioms of European modernism. However, his music is perceived by ma…[Read more]
By Amy Bauer
The only student of Erkki Sven-Tüür, Estonian composer Helena Tulve shares her former teacher’s eclecticism and love for nature. Yet Tulve’s music eschews expressionist drama, reflecting more k […]
Gavin Lee deposited Postcolonial Affect: Ambiguous Relationality in Robert Casteels’s L’(autre) fille aux cheveux de Bali in the group Global Musical Modernisms on Humanities Commons 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Journal of the Royal Musical Association 140.2 (2015): 417-443 (published by the UK musicology society). Robert Casteels (b. 1958, Belgium), Singapore citizen, migrated in 1995, L’(autre) fille aux cheveux de Bali (2002).
Music Analysis 38.3 (2019): 316-357 (published by the UK Society for Music Analysis)
Gavin Lee edited the post Global New Music: From Avant-Garde to Rock, Korea to Estonia in the group Global Musical Modernisms: on Humanities Commons 3 weeks ago
By Gavin Lee
(First published on Musicology Now on Feb 6, 2018)
In the past few years, the Society for Music Theory (SMT) has seen the emergence of a global consciousness as evidenced in special panels organized by the Committee on Diversity (“Asian Influences” panel in 2013), the Post-1945 Music Analysis interest group (Pacific-themed pan…[Read more]