University of South Carolina
School of Music

Contemporary Styles II (1945-80)

Summer 2019

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

C O U R S E   M O D U L E S
1. Origins


3. Texturalism & Timbralism
4. Tuning
5. Electronic Music
6. Indeterminacy & Experimentalism
7. Minimalism
Electronic Reserve


Thanks for a great semester!


x exists as it is in the vanguard, or it does not exist at all.

–Herbert Eimert

Course Description

Theory, analysis and aesthetics of compositional styles associated with
new directions in classical music for the period 1945-80.


Undergraduate theory sequence 

Course Documents

  1. Syllabus (pdf)
  2. Bibliography
  3. Final Presentation
  4. Links for Students

Course Materials

  1. Listening/Analysis
  2. Reading
  3. Terms & Concepts
  4. Analytic Approaches
  5. Theory Resources
  6. Handouts
  7. Works for Exploration

Recommended Texts

Antokoletz, Elliott. 2014. A History of Twentieth-Century Music in a Theoretic-Analytical Context. New York: Routledge. {GB}

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

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

Straus, Joseph. 2016. Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, 4th ed. New York: Norton. {GB}

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

Software for Computer-Aided Analysis

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

Gateways to Contemporary Classical Music

  1. Categorizing Contemporary Classical Music
  2. Warner Classics, 100 Best 20th Century Classics {Naxos}
  3. Tom Service, 50 compoers you should know {Gaurdian}
  4. Awards/Prizes
  5. What's Going on Now?

Digital Resources

  1. Research Links
  2. Dictionaries
  3. Recordings
  4. Scores

Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF files. Click on the link below to get Acrobat Reader.

AS CSL- Alexander Street Classical Scores Library

GB - Google Books Preview; GBd - (description only)

Updated: August 1, 2019

Reginald Bain | University of South Carolina | School of Music