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American Experimental Music, 1890-1940

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ISBN-10: 052142464X

ISBN-13: 9780521424646

Edition: 1991

Authors: David Nicholls

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From the end of the nineteenth century a national musical consciousness gradually emerged in the United States as composers began to turn away from the European conventions on which their music had been modeled. It was in this period of change that experimentalism was born and America subsequently became, as it still is, a major source of new musical ideas for European musicians. David Nicholls considers the most influential figures in the development of American experimentalism, including Charles Ives, Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford, Henry Cowell and the young John Cage. He analyzes the music and ideas of this group, explaining the compositional techniques invented and employed by them and…    
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Book details

List price: $36.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/26/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 252
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

David Nicholls was born in 1966 in Eastleigh, Hampshire. Nicholls studied English Literature and Drama at the University of Bristol. When he graduated he won a scholarship to study at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. David appeared in plays at the Battersea Arts Centre, the Finborough, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, and had a three year stint at the Royal National Theatre, understudying and playing small parts. During this period David took a job at BBC Radio Drama as a script reader/researcher and he developed an adaptation of Sam Shepard's stage-play Simpatico with the director Matthew Warchus. He also wrote his first original script, Waiting, which was…    

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