The Arrival of European Modernism

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780195058499
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865031 | DOI:
The Arrival of European Modernism

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The first period of the arrival of European modernism in New York City stretched from approximately 1914 to 1923. This was the time when Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Ruth Crawford, Virgil Thomson, and other American composers of the generation born around 1900 were adolescents. Their youth unfolded as modernism emerged. Even though so many of these figures eventually spent substantial residencies abroad, most of them first discovered the newest music from Europe while still at home, and the ways they did so depended on a blend of socioeconomic background, education, geographic location, and serendipity. For some, the newest works were readily accessible in the United States, while for others they were totally unknown. European modernism traveled through live performances, published scores, written accounts, and verbal testimony. Among those European composers who made an impact on New York's music scene were Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Alexander Scriabin, Erik Satie, and Manuel de Falla.

Keywords: New York City; Europe; modernism; composers; modernist music; Arnold Schoenberg; Igor Stravinsky; Béla Bartók; Alexander Scriabin; Erik Satie

Chapter.  4437 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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