Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247550
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932814 | DOI:

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This study describes the history of foreign support afforded to American experimental music from 1945 to 1990, particularly West Germany. It explains that during the second half of the twentieth century, American composer-performers and West German cultural institutions contributed to an unprecedented international exchange of musical, aesthetic, and ideological viewpoints. It discusses changing attitudes about American music and contemporary composition during post-war and Cold War eras in West Germany.

Keywords: American experimental music; West Germany; American composer-performers; cultural institutions; contemporary composition; Cold War era

Chapter.  2620 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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