the problem of change in musical style. "One hears a good deal, these days," he said, "of the developing 'dehumanization' of music and the other arts. . . . This is all very well. and not without plausibility; but we are speaking of a movement that is widespread among the younger composers of Europe, that has begun to take root in the United States, and that above all is in constant development and evolution. Many ideas are being tested, and many are quickly discarded. If we regard certain manifestations with raised eyebrows, that is our privilege as members of an older generation, as it is always our privilege to point out flaws in logic. But if it is also our prerogative to insist on the primacy of the creative imagination, and to minimize the decisive importance of theoretical speculation, we are at the same time obliged to abide by our own premises, and look towards artistic results rather than towards the ideas by which these are rationalized. By the same token it is well to remember that art, considered on the most objective level, reflects the attitudes of the individuals that produce it. The danger of dehumanization is a real and patent one, and the individual can, and certainly should, resist any dehumanizing tendency with all his strength. But this cannot, and must not, blind us to the claims of whatever is genuinely new and vital in the arts, or, once more cause us to forget that it is the product, not the process, that is of real importance and that the creative imagination, at its most vital, has revealed itself through many and often surprising channels. There is no reason to believe that it will not continue to do so, as long as creative vitality--which for musicians means above all the intense love of music--continues to persist."11
One of best sources of information on electronic music of various kinds is a periodical Die Reihe, published in an English translation by Theodore Presser Company, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (in association with Universal Edition, Vienna.) The first issue (German, 1955; English, 1958) was devoted to electronic music and contained articles by many of the composers closely associated with the movement. The third issue, called Musical Craftsmanship (German, 1957; English,
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Publication information: Book title: An Introduction to Twentieth Century Music. Contributors: Peter S. Hansen - Author. Publisher: Allyn and Bacon. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1961. Page number: 357.
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