Queerness, Eruption, Bursting

Nadine Hubbs

in The Queer Composition of America's Sound

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780520241848
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937956 | DOI:
Queerness, Eruption, Bursting

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This chapter traces a new history of midcentury musical modernism in the U.S. It suggests that political and cultural factors influenced compositional style and regime shifts. It highlights the decline of tonal Americana and of Aaron Copland's career as Dean of American Music and discusses the emergence of twelve-tone serialism and other complex music.

Keywords: musical modernism; cultural factors; compositional style; tonal Americana; Aaron Copland; twelve-tone serialism; complexity music

Chapter.  8720 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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