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Reflections of an American composer

Reflections of an American composer

Author: Arthur Berger
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this engrossing collection of essays, a distinguished composer, theorist, journalist, and educator invites us into the vibrant and ever-changing American music scene that has been his home for most of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and always entertaining, Berger describes the music scene in New York and Boston since the 1930s, discussing the heady days when he was a member of a tight-knit circle of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Arthur Berger; Arthur Berger; Arthur Berger; Arthur Berger; Arthur Berger
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Berger
ISBN: 0520232518 9780520232518
OCLC Number: 49698957
Language Note: English.
Description: vii, 270 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Trends in twentieth-century American composition. Composers and their audience in the thirties ; Nationalism ; Is music in decline? ; Rendezvous with Apollo : form is feeling ; Reinventing the past : pastiche, collage, or "criticism"? ; Serialism : composer as theorist ; Rapprochement or friendly takeover? ; Postmodern music --
Writing about music. Virgil Thomson and the press ; Music on my beat ; PNM and the Ph. D. ; A tale of two critics : Rosenfeld and Haggin --
Aesthetics and musical analysis. Do we hear what we say we hear? ; New linguistic modes and the new theory ; The octatonic scale --
Retrospective. Backstage at the opera ; A tale of two conductors : Koussevitzky and Mitropoulos ; From my diary : brief encounters.
Responsibility: Arthur Berger.
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In this collection of essays, distinguished composer, theorist, journalist and educator Arthur Berger invites us into the vibrant and ever-changing American music scene that has been his home for  Read more...


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