American Music in the Twentieth Century
American Music in the Twentieth Century surveys the art music written in the United States during the last 100 years from the groundbreaking experiments of Charles Ives to the present day. Writing for the general reader, Kyle Gann describes the characteristic sounds of the diverse movements that have sprung up in this eventful period, while at the same time he sketches the changing social and cultural contexts for American concert music, and provides concise biographies of key figures.
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AACM Aaron Copland acoustic aesthetic American composers American music artists audience Babbitt bass beats became began born Braxton Cage's career cello chords classical complex composition concert Conlon Nancarrow Copland Cowell dissonant drone drum Duckworth early electronic music Elliott Carter ensemble European Feldman flute gamelan glissandos guitar harmonic idiom improvisation influence instruments Ives Ives's jazz John Cage keyboard Listening Example live melody Milton Babbitt minimalism minimalist Morton Feldman movement musicians Nancarrow notation octave opera orchestra overtones Partch patterns percussion performance Philip Glass pianist piano piece pitches played player poem posers postminimal postminimalist premiere recording Reich rhythmic rhythms Riley rock Roger Sessions Ruggles scene score solo Sonata songs sonic sound Steve Reich Stravinsky String Quartet structure studied style Symphony synthesizer tape technique tempo Tenney Terry Riley textures theater theme tion tonality tone tradition tuning twelve-tone University Varese Variations violin Virgil Thomson voice writing written wrote York Young