American Experimental Music, 1890-1940


Nicholls, David (1990) American Experimental Music, 1890-1940, Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 252pp.

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From the end of the nineteenth century a national musical consciousness gradually developed in the USA as composers began to turn away from the European conventions on which their music had hitherto been modelled. It was in this period of change that experimentation was born. In this book, the composer and scholar David Nicholls considers the most influential figures in the development of American experimental music, including Charles Ives, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford, Henry Cowell, and the young John Cage. He analyses the music and ideas of this group, explaining the compositional techniques invented and employed by them and the historical and cultural context in which they emerged.

Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction: the new and the experimental; 2. In Re Con Moto Et Al: experimentalism in the works of Charles Ives; 3. 'On Dissonant Counterpoint': the development of a new polyphony, primarily by Charles Seeger, Carl Ruggles and Ruth Crawford; 4. New Musical resources: radical innovation in the music of Henry Cowell; 5. 'The Future of Music: Credo': the development of a philosophy of experimentation in the early works of John Cage; 6. Conclusion: unity through diversity; Select bibliography; Appendix: musical editions and selected readings.

Item Type: Book
ISBNs: 052142464 (paperback)
9780521424646 (paperback)
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Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Music
ePrint ID: 67424
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2009
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:48
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/67424

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