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Unformatted text preview: Exam Four: o American Music: A Sonic Melting Pot A Fertile Ground for American Music: Professional American performing groups- Instrumentalist, singings can have full time careers Educational opportunities, both here and abroad- Composers coming from Europe to teach here- And performers crossing the pond to study with the masters A sense of national identity and pride- National pride instead of regional An American listening public o The American Composers Approach: ECLECTICISM (unimportant) Eclecticism: the approach the involves selecting what appears to be best from various doctrines, methods, and styles Aaron Copland (1900-1990) Fanfare for the Common Man Rodeo Hoedown- His music in a lot of ways is an attempt to inspire Americans, and American pride- What makes them American: o Woodwinds, brass, percussion o Raw sound o Folk music o Directness Born in Brooklyn (NYC) Studied composition in Paris Inspired by subject matter of rural/western America Modern and Populist wanted to bridge the gulf between modern music and the general public Appalachian Spring (1944) Ballet commissioned by Martha Graham Won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1945 A pioneer celebration of spring at a young couples (theyre shakers) newly- built farmhouse in Pennsylvania in the early 1800s. Use of temporal and sonic space- Temporal = time: longer notes to create a sense of space- Sonic = sound: Section 2 on the Listening Guide- Layering of 2 things: - dance like, rhythmic motive and hymn polyphonic of each other o American Musical Experiments (somewhere) Transcendalists Charles Ives (1874-1954) The first wholly original American composer (New England) Music education- Bandmaster father o From Danbury, Connecticut o One of New Englands finest...
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course MUS 2000 taught by Professor Nunnery during the Spring '08 term at LSU.
- Spring '08