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The Sound of a Superpower: Musical Americanism and the Cold War

ISBN : 9780190649692

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Author: 
Emily Abrams Ansari
Pages
288 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018
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After two decades of remarkable success, the quest to create a uniquely American classical music faltered in the 1950s. Many blamed the Cold War for its demise, but the conflict also brought Americanist composers unprecedented opportunities. This book examines this complex picture and its long-term effects.

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Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. The American Exceptionalists: Howard Hanson and William Schuman
2. The Apolitical Opportunist: Virgil Thomson
3. The Disillusioned Nationalist: Roy Harris
4. The Principled Brand Strategist: Aaron Copland
5. The Frustrated Activist: Leonard Bernstein
Conclusion
Notes
Works Cited

About the author: 

Emily Abrams Ansari is Associate Professor of Music History at Western University in Canada. Her research examines relationships between music and politics across the Americas during the Cold War period. She has received a number of awards for her scholarship, including the ASCAP Foundation's Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award, the Kurt Weill Prize, and the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award.

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