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Crossing Over with George Gershwin, Paul Whiteman, and the Modernists

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, American

On February 12, 1924, Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937), premiered at Aeolian Hall in New York City. Soon a group of other composers joined him in a brief but intense movement ... More


Welcoming the Ultramodern

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251397
eISBN:
9780520933835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the arrival of ultramodern music in Los Angeles. It first describes music making in Los Angeles during the 1920s, excluding the working-class musicians who were employed in ... More


Transitions: Function and Difference in Myth and Ritual

Samuel A. Floyd

in The Power of Black Music: Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195109757
eISBN:
9780199853243
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents certain transitional musical events that took place in African American music during the 1940s—events that would have influential effects and would change the course of black ... More


Europeans in Performance and on Tour

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0018
Subject:
Music, History, American

While American neoclassicists obscured their stylistic connection to Western Europe, these same composers and their American contemporaries worked to foster transatlantic performance opportunities. ... More


Introduction: The Modern Music Shop

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

To young creative artists of the 1920s, New York City seemed to hold unprecedented charm and unlimited potential. As a talented new generation of American writers, musicians, and painters reached ... More


Founding the Hollywood Bowl

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251397
eISBN:
9780520933835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses the founding of the Hollywood Bowl, which has been considered as the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, and shows that its success represents the end of a ... More


A Peek Through Ragged Tent Flaps and Heaven's Door: Concerts That Rupture and Bond

Keila Diehl

in Echoes from Dharamsala: Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230439
eISBN:
9780520936003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230439.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter focuses on public music concerts in Dharamsala. It explains that by juxtaposing Hindi, English, Nepali and Tibetan songs, these concerts profoundly revealing cultural performances in ... More


The Eloquent Oboe: A History of the Hautboy from 1640 to 1760

Bruce Haynes

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195337259
eISBN:
9780199864225
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337259.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

A history of the hautboy, the oboe of the Baroque period, this book reflects recent interest in the instrument. The first of the woodwind instruments to join with strings in creating the new ... More


The Afro-american Symphony and Its Scherzo

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215429
eISBN:
9780520921573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter discusses in detail the Afro-American Symphony, focusing on its third movement, the Scherzo. The score of the Scherzo is now included in the latest edition of a widely used anthology, ... More


Powers of Blackness: Jazz and the Blues in Modern Concert Music

Lawrence Kramer

in Musical Meaning: Toward a Critical History

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520228245
eISBN:
9780520928329
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520228245.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

The aim of this chapter is to examine the encounter between some of the music of black America—ragtime, blues, and jazz—and white modernist concert music in both the United States and France. It ... More


“Dean of Afro-american Composers” or “harlem Renaissance Man”: The New Negro and the Musical Poetics of William Grant Still

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215429
eISBN:
9780520921573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes the relationship between Still's work and the Harlem Renaissance. It studies three style periods of Still's concert music, namely “Ultra-Modern”, “racial”, and “universal.” ... More


East of the Wall, South of the Sea

Richard Ivan Jobs

in Backpack Ambassadors: How Youth Travel Integrated Europe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226438979
eISBN:
9780226439020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226439020.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter explores the centrality of music and rock ‘n’ roll to these travels and how the geopolitical limits of the Cold War circumscribed them but also, importantly, how youth culture and youth ... More


Modernism and the “Jazz Age”

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0020
Subject:
Music, History, American

Jazz was the single most discussed musical genre of the United States during the 1920s, coming to represent the decade as a whole. The “Jazz Age” evoked rapid mechanization and the giddy good life of ... More


The Classical Music Mainstream

James Wierzbicki

in Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040078
eISBN:
9780252098277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040078.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter looks at how the American Symphony Orchestra League reported that thirty million people in the U.S. are actively interested in concert music. This does not mean jazz, popular ditties, ... More


Introduction: Confronting the Silent Giant

James M. Doering

in The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Arts Management

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037412
eISBN:
9780252094590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037412.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter talks about the legacy of Arthur Judson, a monumental figure in American concert music, whose career has largely evaded scholarly inquiry. His name appears in numerous ... More


Evolutions: Compositional Maturity in the 1950s

Philip Lambert

in Alec Wilder

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037603
eISBN:
9780252094842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037603.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines Wilder's compositional maturity in the 1950s. From the late 1940s through the 1950s, Wilder pursued a long-held goal with growing confidence and perseverance. Having made his ... More


A Brief Chronology

Catherine Parsons Smith

in William Grant Still: A Study in Contradictions

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520215429
eISBN:
9780520921573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520215429.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents a concise outline of Still's life. It starts in the year 1895, when Still was born in Woodville, Mississippi. The outline only includes significant events in Still's life, such ... More


Loyalties: The Prolific 1960s

Philip Lambert

in Alec Wilder

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037603
eISBN:
9780252094842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037603.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter studies Wilder's music in the 1960s. Continuing to follow trends he had begun at the end of the preceding decade, he wrote volumes of concert music for groups of all sizes in the 1960s, ... More


Later British Mysteries

W. Anthony Sheppard

in Revealing Masks: Exotic Influences and Ritualized Performance in Modernist Music Theater

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520223028
eISBN:
9780520924741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520223028.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

Britten did not return to the Church Parable genre after completing The Prodigal Son, nor did other composers directly adopt the form. However, some of the features developed in Britten's three ... More


Conclusion: Lessons from AJ

James M. Doering

in The Great Orchestrator: Arthur Judson and American Arts Management

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037412
eISBN:
9780252094590
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037412.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

This concluding chapter explains how Arthur Judson was a towering figure in American concert music in the twentieth century. He managed the leading orchestras and artists of his time, built the most ... More


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