This is a study of experimental and innovative American music in the 20th century, with biographies, evaluation and discography of its pioneering composers. On the East Coast, early in the 20th century, this spirit of innovation was captured by Charles Ives (whose music lay virtually ignored and unperformed until the world caught up with him, 40 years later). On the West Coast, Henry Cowell and John Cage encountered critical resistance. The Americans invented a new musical language, seeking to redefine what could or could ...

American Pioneers 1995, Phaidon Press

ISBN-13: 9780714831732

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