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By Peter O'Hagan

The Nineties paintings of six British composers varieties the focal point of this number of essays, coming up from a convention that came about at college of Surrey Roehampton in February 1999. The composers whose tune is mentioned are James Dillon, Thomas advert? Harrison Birtwistle, Jonathan Harvey, Edwin Roxburgh and Sebastian Forbes. Reflecting the goals of the convention, this quantity brings jointly composers and musicologists to debate major works from the decade of the 20th century, and in addition a number of the wider concerns surrounding British tune. Arnold Whittall and Julian Johnson supply views at the plurality of latest British song. Edwin Roxburgh bargains a private account of 'The Artists' Dilemma', while the essays that keep on with discover elements of musical shape and constitution in quite a few works. the second one half the e-book includes interviews with many of the composers whose tune is mentioned partly I, including a different measurement to our knowing of the preoccupations of British composition on the finish of the 20th century.

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