Outsiders and other traditions in American music

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American composers have lived on the fringes of society from colonial times to the present, largely defining themselves as outsiders. In this inspirational book, Michael Broyles explores the tradition of composers of outsiders and explores what these outsiders are saying about American attitudes to the arts and American society itself. Broyles first examines the careers of three remarkably unconventional composers: William Billings in the eighteenth century, Anthony Philip Heinrich in the nineteenth, and Charles Ives in the twentieth. All three had an unusual life, wrote music that many thought was incomprehensible, and are now considered key figures in the development of American music. Broyles further investigates the spread of eccentric individualism in all sorts of American music – classical, popular and jazz – and how it has come to dominate the image of various creative artists from John Cage to Frank Zappa. The story of the outsider tradition has, as Broyles shows, much to tell about the role of music in American culture and the tension between individualism and community in American consciousness.

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Mavericks and Other Traditions in American...
  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Broyles, Michael (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 398 Pages - 05/10/2004 (Publication Date) - Yale...

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