Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music / Edition 1

Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music / Edition 1

by Michael Broyles
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300100450

ISBN-13: 9780300100457

Pub. Date: 05/10/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

Michael Broyles starts by examining the careers of three notably unconventional composers: William Billings in the eighteenth century, Anthony Philip Heinrich in the nineteenth, and Charles Ives in the twentieth. All three had unusual lives, wrote music that many considered incomprehensible, and are now recognized as key figures in the development of American music.…  See more details below

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Michael Broyles starts by examining the careers of three notably unconventional composers: William Billings in the eighteenth century, Anthony Philip Heinrich in the nineteenth, and Charles Ives in the twentieth. All three had unusual lives, wrote music that many considered incomprehensible, and are now recognized as key figures in the development of American music. Broyles goes on to investigate the proliferation of eccentric individualism in all types of American music - classical, popular, and jazz - and how it has come to dominate the image of diverse creative artists from John Cage to Frank Zappa. The author also discusses what the maverick tradition reveals about such themes as the tension in American culture between "nature" and "science," the persistent echo of Puritanism in the arts, the problematic place of high culture in an egalitarian society, and the enduring belief in a uniquely American rhetorical voice. The prominence of maverick composers in American musical history, Broyles shows, has much to tell us about the role of music in American culture and the tension between individualism and community in the American consciousness.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100457
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Pt. 1Pioneers
Ch. 1We, the Rebels1
Ch. 2William Billings: Rebel with Many Causes13
Ch. 3The Log Cabin Composer39
Pt. 2New Concepts and Forces in American Culture
Ch. 4Precursors: Charles Ives and Leo Ornstein71
Ch. 5"Prologue to the Annual Tragedy"92
Ch. 6The Community of the Ultramoderns112
Pt. 3After the War
Ch. 7New Directions: The Serial Wars153
Ch. 8Postwar Experimentalism: John Cage176
Ch. 9The Maverick Core205
Ch. 10Minimalism and Strange Bedfellows243
Pt. 4The Legacy of the Mavericks
Ch. 11Looking Back: Puritanism, Geography, and the Myth of American Individualism271
Ch. 12Looking Forward: "The End of the Renaissance?"!297
Notes337
Bibliography363
Index377

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