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All American Music: Composition in the Late Twentieth Century

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John Rockwell, director of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, wrote about music of all kinds for The New York Times for twenty years. Here he delineates the heritage, actuality, and potential of American music, demonstrating not only the possibility but the necessity of dealing with artists as seemingly unrelated as Elliott Carter and David Byrne, Milton Babbitt and Laurie Anderson, John Cage and Neil Young, Philip Glass and Ornette Coleman. In twenty chapters that each bring to life the work of a ...
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Overview

John Rockwell, director of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, wrote about music of all kinds for The New York Times for twenty years. Here he delineates the heritage, actuality, and potential of American music, demonstrating not only the possibility but the necessity of dealing with artists as seemingly unrelated as Elliott Carter and David Byrne, Milton Babbitt and Laurie Anderson, John Cage and Neil Young, Philip Glass and Ornette Coleman. In twenty chapters that each bring to life the work of a specific composer, Rockwell tells the whole story of American musical composition in our time.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306807503
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Rise of American Art Music & the Impact of the Immigrant Wave of the Late 1930's: Ernst Krenek 14
2 The Northeastern Academic Establishment & the Romance of Science: Milton Babbitt 25
3 American Intellectual Composers & the "Ideal Public": Elliott Carter 37
4 The American Experimental Tradition & Its Godfather: John Cage 47
5 Romantic Defiance, Enlightened Patronage & Misanthropy in the Midwest: Ralph Shapey 60
6 The Return of Tonality, the Orchestral Audience & the Danger of Success: David Del Tredici 71
7 The Romantic Revival & the Dilemma of the Political Composer: Frederic Rzewski 84
8 Post-Cageian Experimentation & New Kinds of Collaboration: Robert Ashley 96
9 The Orient, the Visual Arts & the Evolution of Minimalism: Philip Glass 109
10 Women Composers, Performance Art & the Perils of Fashion: Laurie Anderson 123
11 Electronic & Computer Music & the Humanist Reaction: David Behrman 133
12 Environmental Composers & Ambient Music: Max Neuhaus 145
13 Musique Concrete & Composition Beyond Music: Walter Murch 154
14 Jazz, Group Improvisation, Race & Racism: The Art Ensemble of Chicago 164
15 Mystical Romanticism, Popularity & the Varied Forms of Fusion: Keith Jarrett 176
16 Free Jazz, Body Music & Symphonic Dreams: Ornette Coleman 185
17 Latin Music, Folk Music & the Artist as Craftsman: Eddie Palmieri 198
18 Urban Popular Song, the Broadway Musical, the Cabaret Revival & the Birth Pangs of American Opera: Stephen Sondheim 209
19 Rock, Populism & Transcendental Primitivism: Neil Young 221
20 Art-Rock, Black vs. White & Vanguard Cross-Pollination: Talking Heads 234
Bibliography and Discography 247
Index 263
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