1st Edition

Perspectives on American Music since 1950

Edited By James R. Heintze Copyright 1999

    As the century comes to a close, composition of music in the United States has reached little consensus in terms of style, techniques, or schools. In fourteen original articles, the contributors to this volume explore the broad range and diversity of post-World War II musical culture. Classical and jazz idioms are both covered, as is the broad history of electronic music in the United States.

    Introduction * Electronic Music: An American Voice, Lloyd Ultan * Elliott Carter's Tonal Practice in The Rose Family, Jeremy Beck * Morton Feldman and the Shape of Time, Louis Goldstein * John Cage's Concert for Piano and Orchestra, Johanne Rivest * Indeterminate Origins: A Cultural Theory of American Experimental Music, Alex J. Lubet * Louis Armstrong Blasts Little Rock, Arkansas, Michael Meckna * Mary Lou Williams: A Woman's Life in Jazz, Brian Q. Torff * The Premiere of David Diamond's String Quartet No. 10, James R. Heintze * Cultural Perceptions of African-American Organ Literature, Mickey Thomas Terry * The Papers of Emerson Meyers, Bonnie Hedges * Musical Responses to HIV and AIDS, Keith C. Ward * American Choral Music since 1985, David P. DeVenney * Milton Babbitt at Eighty, Andrew Mead * New Orleans Composers of the 1990s, John H. Baron


    James R. Heintze