Debuts 1950–1954

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:
Debuts 1950–1954

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This chapter traces key events in the history of radio broadcasting and new music festivals up to 1954, when John Cage first visited Germany and performed with pianist David Tudor at the Donaueschingen festival and in Cologne. It explains that within a few years after the war, West German radio broadcasting became free of political or commercial sponsorship and took control of all aspects of their music programming. It also describes how radio in West Germany encouraged the development of an autonomous contemporary music development during the post-war years.

Keywords: radio broadcasting; music festivals; John Cage; David Tudor; West Germany; music programming; music development

Chapter.  10705 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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