Mavericks And Other Traditions In American Music

June 11, 2013|
Mavericks And Other Traditions In American Music by Michael Broyles
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From colonial times to the present, American composers have lived on the fringes of society and defined themselves in large part as outsiders. In this stimulating book Michael Broyles considers the tradition of maverick composers and explores what these mavericks reveal about American attitudes toward the arts and about American society itself.

Broyles starts by examining the careers of three notably unconventional composers: William Billings in the eighteenth century, Anthony Philip Heinrich in the nineteenth, and Charles Ives in the twentieth. All three had unusual lives, wrote music that many considered incomprehensible, and are now recognized as key figures in the development of American music. Broyles goes on to investigate the proliferation of eccentric individualism in all types of American music-classical, popular, and jazz-and how it has come to dominate the image of diverse creative artists from John Cage to Frank Zappa. The history of the maverick tradition, Broyles shows, has much to tell us about the role of music in American culture and the tension between individualism and community in the American consciousness.

Michael Broyles is distinguished professor of music, professor of American history, and fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities, Pennsylvania State University.
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Title:Mavericks And Other Traditions In American Music
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:400 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Shipping dimensions:400 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.68 in
Published:June 11, 2013
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300199765

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