Lest we arrive at the millennium uninformed, the time to reconcile with the twentieth century's milieu has arrived with a vengeance. In the spring of 1997, I employed J. Kent Williams's "Theories and Analyses of Twentieth-Century Music," one of several recent texts that attempt such a reconciliation. Newly published, this was the primary resource in a course designed for upper-level undergraduate music majors. Unlike two other current texts dealing with analysis of our century's music, Williams's offers a brave inclusiveness, paying careful homage to nearly every salient style of this century. This review deals with personal successes and concerns I encountered with this in the classroom.
Barnes, Larry J. (1997) A Review of J. Kent Williams's "Theories and Analyses of Twentieth-Century Music" (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997). In: Music Theory Online, Vol. 3, pp. np. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/85150/.