Charles Seeger: A Life in American Music

Charles Seeger: A Life in American Music

by Ann M. Pescatello


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Ann M. Pescatello presents the first biography of Charles Seeger, who was a force in American music for most of the twentieth century. Part composer, teacher, performer, musicologist, bureaucrat, and inventor-Seeger's ninety-two year life touched many people and many areas of American music. As both a traditionalist and champion of the new, he established the University of California's music department and the nation's first curriculum in musicology, and taught at the Institute of Musical Arts (later Julliard), and at the New School in New York. He was also a music activist-defending the artistic value of American folk music, and seeking global cooperation for musical enterprise at the Resettlement administraion, the WPA, and the Pan American Union.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822985426
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 12/15/1992
Edition description: 1
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ann M. Pescatello is a historian and the author or editor of numerous books, including Female and Male in Latin America: Essays; Power and Pawn: The Female in Iberian Families, Societies, and Cultures, and Studies in Musicology II: 1929-1979.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

1 New England, New York, and Mexico, 1886-1908 3

2 Europe, Constance, and the University of California, 1908-1918 41

3 A Decade of Reckoning, 1918-1930 77

4 Ruth and the New York Scene, 1930-1935 98

5 The New Deal and Music, 1935-1941 136

6 The Pan American Years, 1941-1953 173

7 California Dreaming, 1953-1970 207

8 New England Revisited, 1970-1979 257

Notes 291

Bibliography 317

Index 339

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