Description - American Pioneers by Alan Rich
This is the first book to concentrate on the rebellious trend within American music at the turn of the twentieth century. American Pioneers examines Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, John Cage, Carl Ruggles, Edgard Varese, Harry Patch, Colin McPhee and Lou Harrison, focusing on the peculiarly American quality of their artistic motivation. The pioneering flair of these composers was an act of defiance: Americans throwing off the shackles of European tradition and inventing a new language, seeking to redefine what could or could not be embraced by the term 'music'.
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(220mm x 156mm x 15mm)
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Author Biography - Alan Rich
Alan Rich has been a professional music critic on both the east and west coasts of the USA since 1953, with a particular passion for contemporary music. He is currently music critic for LA Weekly, the author of several books and series of interactive music programmes for computers. His most recent book, So I've Heard: Notes of a Migratory Music Critic, was published in 2006 and comprised a collection of reviews, essays and other work ranging from 1964 to the present day.