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Mr Modernsky: How Stravinsky Survived Schoenberg  

Mr Modernsky: How Stravinsky Survived Schoenberg $20.86 ex GST
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Mr Modernsky tells a story about two heavyweights of twentieth-century classical music: Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg.

It traces the gradual change there has been in the way these two great rivals are perceived, looks in their music for the reasons and reflects on the nature of modernity in art and the sometimes pernicious effects of ideology.

Meredith Oakes explores the tension between futuristic and historical elements in the work of these parallel artists and asks: is modernity merely about technical innovation? Must progress always mean exclusion of the past?

Mr Modernsky  is a new title in Oberon’s Master Series, a series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the performing arts written by leading lights in each subject. 

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-048-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB


MEREDITH OAKES is an Australian writer who has lived in London since 1970. An acclaimed author, playwright and critic she has written plays, adaptations, translations, opera texts and poems, as well as dramatic works for television and radio. She taught playwriting at Royal Holloway College and for the Arvon Fondation, and has written music criticism for The Independent and The Daily Telegraph and contributed to a variety of magazines including The Listener.

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