The American Occupation and Agents of Reeducation 1945–1950

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:
The American Occupation and Agents of Reeducation 1945–1950

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This chapter surveys American music's role during the initial period of occupation and reconstruction up to the establishment of the Federal Republic of Germany and the official division of East and West Germany. It mentions American composers who contributed to the presence of American music on the European continent, paying particular attention to Henry Cowell who was the one of the most adventurous composers of his generation. It explains that while mainstream contemporary American music received little or no attention at new music festivals during the period, tentative awareness of something radical began to spread on the radio and at other music venues.

Keywords: American music; Germany; American composers; Henry Cowell; music festivals; radio

Chapter.  16614 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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