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Mainstream Music of Early Twentieth Century America free pdf Chronologically following Nicholas Tawa's "The Coming of Age of American Art Music", this new study stands on its own in examining the music of the most prominent American composers active in the first three decades of the 20th century. Among them are Edgar Stillman Kelley, Frederick Shepherd Converse, Daniel Gregory Mason, Edgar Burlingame Hill, Mabel Daniels, Henry Hadley, Deems Taylor, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Henry Gilbert, Arthur Farwell, John Powell, Arthur Shepherd, Scott Joplin, Charles Tomlinson Griffes, Marion Bauer, and John Alden Carpenter. Unjustly neglected by a later generation of critics interested in the avant-garde, this music deserves a hearing today and, in fact, increasingly is the subject of new recordings. Professor Tawa puts his research and analytical skills to work to determine what these composers accomplished, not what latter-day critics felt they should have accomplished. The attitudes, styles, and compositions are analysed in cultural context. The period of 1900-1930 witnessed an intense debate on what constituted an American identity in music. Was it Anglo-Celtic, Amerindian, African-American, jazz, or the individual unconsciously expressing the American society he or she lived in? The changing world of music, the clash of beliefs and values, and the attempts at a musical reconciliation between old and new approaches to composition figure prominently in the discussion. Tawa concludes that if the present-day listener does not reject romantic music out of hand, he or she will find delight in much of this large body of skilful, meaningful compositions.

About Nicholas E. Tawa

NICHOLAS E. TAWA is Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A specialist in American musical history, his books include Sweet Sounds for Gentle People, Serenading the Reluctant Eagle, A Most Wondrous Babble (Greenwood Press, 1987), The Way to Tin Pan Alley, and The Coming of Age of American Art Music (Greenwood Press, 1991).

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Author : Nicholas E. Tawa
Publisher : Greenwood Press
Data Published : 30 September 1992
ISBN : 0313285632
EAN : 9780313285639
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 224 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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