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Nicholas Maw: Odyssey [With CD (Audio)] Kenneth Gloag

Nicholas Maw: Odyssey [With CD (Audio)]

Kenneth Gloag

Published June 25th 2008
ISBN : 9780754638551
Hardcover
137 pages
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Nicholas Maws Odyssey is a landmark in contemporary music- at approximately 90 minutes it is one of the longest continuous examples of music written for full-orchestra and received a first, truncated, performance at the 1987 BBC Proms. It took MawMoreNicholas Maws Odyssey is a landmark in contemporary music- at approximately 90 minutes it is one of the longest continuous examples of music written for full-orchestra and received a first, truncated, performance at the 1987 BBC Proms. It took Maw many years to complete and was later recorded to great acclaim by Sir Simon Rattle and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.In his examination of Odyssey, Kenneth Gloag provides a detailed discussion of Maws musical identity and reputation as a contemporary composer in relation to romanticism, modernism and postmodernism, taking into consideration his break-through work Scenes and Arias (1962) and the subsequent progression to Odyssey. The book investigates issues of time and narrative crucial to the generation of the works remarkable length, and considers the relationship between the sectionalization of the score and prevailing sense of unity in the music.Situating Odyssey in larger historical and critical frameworks, Gloag evaluates the initial reception of the work and reflects on Maws music composed after Odyssey.