Modern American Music: From Charles Ives to the Minimalists

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In this, Otto Karolyi's fourth book, he explores the rich traditions of twentieth-century American music which have helped to forge the country's artistic identity and to establish a canon of important American works. He begins by tracing the history of popular folk songs, Negro spirituals, psalms and hymns which together created an independent music with a distinct character. But it was the free pioneering spirit and inventiveness of Charles Ives which mark him as the first great American composer of the ...
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Overview

In this, Otto Karolyi's fourth book, he explores the rich traditions of twentieth-century American music which have helped to forge the country's artistic identity and to establish a canon of important American works. He begins by tracing the history of popular folk songs, Negro spirituals, psalms and hymns which together created an independent music with a distinct character. But it was the free pioneering spirit and inventiveness of Charles Ives which mark him as the first great American composer of the century. At the same time, popular styles such as Gospel, blues, ragtime, jazz and Tin Pan Alley were exerting an enormous influence on the national consciousness. A new breed of composer who blended these disparate ideas followed, notably George Gershwin. At the same time Carl Ruggles, Walter Piston, Virgil Thomson, Roy Harris and Samuel Barber represented a new romantic spirit, infused with European influences, but nevertheless decidedly American. Karolyi charts the successes of giants such as Copland and Cage, and redefines the importance of lesser-known figures such as Cowell, Partch and Earle Brown. In their quest for the new, the Modernist movement pushed music to its limits with their experiments with form and tone. Composers such as Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter and George Crumb represent a continuation of the American musical vanguard. Alternatively, the Minimalists have sought a return to tonality and harmony. Karolyi appraises the Minimalist canon, from the movement's founder La Monte Young, to his popular followers, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams, who were once viewed as the avant-garde and now command international respect. The study is rounded off by a look at South American composers such as Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chavez and Mauricio Kagel. This book is an indispensable introduction to twentieth-century American music, the major movements and personalities, popular and cultural influences. Karolyi takes the reader chronologi
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838637258
  • Publisher: Cygnus Arts
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.39 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
1 Background, Part 1: A Land without Musical Tradition - In Search of Roots: Psalms and Hymn Singing, Folk Music, Afro-American Music, Popular Songs, Art Music with Foreign Models 1
2 Businessman and Musical Genius: Charles Ives 9
3 Background, Part 2: Popular Music as a National Style: Gospel Song, Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, and Tin Pan Alley 21
4 An American in New York: George Gershwin 27
5 The Romantics at Heart: Carl Ruggles, Walter Piston, Virgil Thomson, Roy Harris and Samuel Barber 32
6 Baked by Nadia Boulanger: Aaron Copland 45
7 A Frenchman in New York: Edgard Varese 51
8 Gambling with Sounds and Silence: John Cage 64
9 Some Modernist Front-Runners: Henry Cowell, Roger Sessions, Harry Partch, Elliott Carter, Milton Babbitt, Earle Brown and George Crumb 77
10 The Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams 101
11 Three Latin American Masters: H. Villa-Lobos, Carlos Chavez and Mauricio Kagel 120
12 Epilogue 129
Notes 132
Select Bibliography 135
Index 137
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