Ambassadors for the American Avant-garde 1955–1958

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:
Ambassadors for the American Avant-garde 1955–1958

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This chapter examines a period during the mid-fifties when a series of performances by John Tudor and John Cage in Darmstadt in 1958 established American experimental music as a central part of German new music discourse. It suggests that the performances of Tudor and Cage had a deep impact on the position of American music in West Germany. It discusses Henry Cowell's 1956 tour of West Germany and describes how American musicians acquired new allies in the European avant-garde and gained access to an unrivalled network of support for decades to come.

Keywords: American experimental music; John Tudor; John Cage; music discourse; West Germany; Henry Cowell

Chapter.  10915 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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