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American pioneers : Ives to Cage and beyond / by Alan Rich.

Author/creator Rich, Alan
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoLondon : Phaidon, 1995.
Description240 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, music, portraits ; 22 cm
Series 20th-century composers
20th-century composers. ^A683695
Contents Charles Ives -- Edgard Varese -- Henry Cowell -- John Cage -- New sources, new sounds.
Abstract This book presents a survey of that peculiarly American innovatory spirit as manifest in the nation's music. On the east coast, early in the twentieth century, this spirit was captured by Charles Ives (whose music lay virtually ignored and unperformed until the world caught up with him, forty years later). On the west coast, Henry Cowell and John Cage encountered similar critical resistance. Their pioneering flair was an act of defiance: Americans throwing off the shackles of European tradition and inventing a new language, seeking to redefine what could or could not be embraced by the term 'music'. No single book to date has concentrated on this particularly rebellious trend in American music. This book investigates the life and work of the major American innovators - including Carl Ruggles, Edgard Varese, Harry Partch, Colin McPhee, Lou Harrison and members of America's youngest composing generation - revealing the colourful and often idiosyncratic nature of these characters, and focusing on the peculiarly American quality of their artistic motivation.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 224-227), work list (pages 218-224) and index.

Available Items

Library Location Call Number Status Item Actions
Music Music Stacks ML390 .R42 1995 ✔ Available Place Hold