Arnold Whittall's "Exploring Twentieth-Century Music" (Cambridge, 2003) posits a set of binary oppositions (Tradition-Innovation, Apollo-Dionysus) as foundational for twentieth-century compositional thought. The relationships between these oppositions are examined, and four implications for analysis are discussed, including the need to combine structuralism and hermeneutics, undertake comparative analysis, examine source documents, and place discontinuity on equal footing with organicism and coherence. An analysis of Act 1, Scene 2 of Arnold Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron" (1933) is offered as one example of the ways in which Whittall's perspective might be incorporated into a close reading.
Latham, Edward D. (2004) Book Review: Binary Oppositions in Arnold Whittall's "Exploring Twentieth-Century Music: Tradition and Innovation" (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Their Implications for Analysis. In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 10, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/85058/.