Reflections of an American Composer
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ISBN-13:
9780520928213
Seiten:
277
Autor:
Arthur Berger
eBook Typ:
PDF
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In this engrossing collection of essays, distinguished composer, theorist, journalist, and educator Arthur Berger invites us into the vibrant and ever-changing American music scene that has been his home for most of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and always entertaining, Berger describes the music scene in New York and Boston since the 1930s, discussing the heady days when he was a member of a tight-knit circle of avant-garde young composers mentored by Aaron Copland as well as his participation in a group at Harvard University dedicated to Stravinsky. As Virgil Thomson's associate on the
New York Herald Tribune and founding editor of the prestigious
Perspectives of New Music, Berger became one of the preeminent observers and critics of American music. His reflections on the role of music in contemporary life, his journalism career, and how changes in academia influence the composition and teaching of music offer a unique perspective informed by Berger's abundant intelligence and experience.
In this engrossing collection of essays, distinguished composer, theorist, journalist, and educator Arthur Berger invites us into the vibrant and ever-changing American music scene that has been his home for most of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and always entertaining, Berger describes the music scene in New York and Boston since the 1930s, discussing the heady days when he was a member of a tight-knit circle of avant-garde young composers mentored by Aaron Copland as well as his participation in a group at Harvard University dedicated to Stravinsky. As Virgil Thomson's associate on the New York Herald Tribune and founding editor of the prestigious
Perspectives of New Music, Berger became one of the preeminent observers and critics of American music. His reflections on the role of music in contemporary life, his journalism career, and how changes in academia influence the composition and teaching of music offer a unique perspective informed by Berger's abundant intelligence and experience.
Acknowledgements

Abbreviations and Contractions

Introduction



1. Composers and their Audience in the Thirties

2. Nationalism

3. Is Music in Decline?

4. Rendezvous with Apollo: Form Is Feeling

5. Reinventing the Past: Pastiche, "Criticism," or Collage?

6. Serialism: Composer as Theorist

7. Rapprochement or Friendly Takeover?

8. Postmodern Music

9. Virgil Thomson and the Press

10. Music on My Beat

11.
PNM and the Ph. D.

12. Do We Hear What We Say We Hear?

13. New Linguistic Modes and the New Theory

14. Backstage at the Opera

15. A Tale of Two Critics: Rosenfeld and Haggin

16. A Tale of Two Conductors: Koussevitzky and Mitropoulos

17. Octatonic Scale

18. Brief Encounters: From My Diary



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