University of South Carolina
School of Music

Contemporary Styles II (1945-80)

Summer 2019

MUSC 725 | AS CSL | DRAM | Grove/Oxford | Harvard Dictionary | JSTOR | Naxos | USC OPAC

C O U R S E   M O D U L E S


3. Texturalism, Timbralism & Tuning
4. Electroacoustic Music
5. Indeterminacy, Experimentalism &
6. Integration
Electronic Reserve


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Change or flux is inevitable.

– La Monte Young

Course Description

Theory, analysis and aesthetics of compositional styles associated with new directions in Western art music for the period 1945-1980.


None. Selected readings will be made available in Blackboard.

Course Documents

  1. Summer 2019 Syllabus (pdf)
  2. Bibliography
  3. Final Presentation Schedules:
  4. Links for Students

Course Materials

  1. Works for Exploration
  2. Source Readings
  3. Analytical Media
  4. Cope's Vectoral Approach
  5. Handouts
  6. Online Theory Primers
  7. Composers
  8. Performers

Recommended Texts (Music Library Reserve)

Cope, David. 2001. New Directions in Music, 7th ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland, 2001. {GBd}

Gann, Kyle. 1997/2005. American Music in the Twentieth Century. New York: Schirmer. {GBd}

Griffiths, Paul. 1995/2011. Modern Music and After: Directions Since 1945. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB; TOC}

Morgan, Robert. 1991. Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America. New York: Norton. {GBd}

Potter, Keith. 2002. Four Musical Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass. New York: Cambridge University Press. {GB}

Roads, Curtis. 2015. Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic. New York: Oxford. {GB; Companion Website}

Schwartz, Elliott and Daniel Godfrey. 1993. Music Since 1945: Issues, Materials, and Literature. New York: Schirmer. {GBd}

Taruskin, Richard. 2010. Music in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Oxford University Press. {GB | TOC}


  1. PC Polygon Assistant, v2.00b
  2. Atonal Assistant, v2.2
  3. Twelve-Tone Assistant, v2.4d
  4. Ratio to Cents, v2.03
  5. SLAPI, v1.1

Gateways to Contemporary Classical Music

  1. Warner Classics, 100 Best 20th Century Classics {Naxos}
  2. Awards/Prizes
  3. What's Going on Now?

Digital Resources

  1. Research Links
  2. Music Theory Journals
  3. Dictionaries
  4. Recordings
  5. Scores

AS - Alexander Street Classical Scores Library
GB - Google Books (preview available); GBd - Google Books (description only)

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Updated: March 3, 2019

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music