American Music in the 20th Century

by Kyle Gann

Schirmer Books (1997)

American Music in the 20th Century is officially out of print, though one can find individual copies for sale here and there. Since there is still evident demand for the book, I am putting it here in PDF form. The final chapters will be added soon.

AMERICAN MUSIC IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Table of Contents

Prelude: WHAT IS AMERICAN MUSIC?

1. FOREFATHERS
Charles Ives, Carl Ruggles, Charles Tomlinson Griffes

2. ULTRAMODERNISM - THE 1920s
Henry Cowell, Edgard Varese, Ruth Crawford

3. POPULISM - THE 1930s
Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, William Schuman, Leonard Bernstein, Virgil Thomson

4. EXPERIMENTALISM
Harry Partch, Conlon Nancarrow, Lou Harrison, Henry Brant, Alan Hovhaness

5. ATONALITY AND EUROPEAN INFLUENCE
Roger Sessions, Stefan Wolpe, Milton Babbitt, Elliott Carter

6. CAGE AND THE NEW YORK SCHOOL REVOLUTION
John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, David Tudor

7. POST-CAGE CONCEPTUALISM
Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Roger Reynolds

8. MINIMALISM
La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk

9. NEW TONALITIES I: THE NEW ROMANTICISM
George Crumb, John Adams, Frederic Rzewski, George Rochberg, Nancy Van de Vate, Jacob Druckman

10. ELECTRONICS AND COMPUTERS
Vladimir Ussachevsky, Otto Luening, Charles Dodge, Morton Subotnick, Paul Lansky, Carl Stone, Richard Teitelbaum, Laurie Spiegel, Trimpin

11. INTERFACES WITH ROCK AND JAZZ
Laurie Anderson, Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca, Diamanda Galas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, John Zorn

12. NEW TONALITIES II: POSTMINIMALISM
William Duckworth, Janice Giteck, Daniel Lentz, Elodie Lauten, Paul Dresher

13. TOTALISM AND THE 1990s; Postlude - THE ROAD FROM 4'33"
Mikel Rouse, Michael Gordon, Lois Vierk, Eve Beglarian, Peter Garland, John Luther Adams, David First, Bernadette Speach, Larry Polansky


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