The Music of Ruth Crawford Seeger (Music in the Twentieth Century)

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This book is the first full-length analytical study of the music of Ruth Crawford Seeger. Crawford was a pivotal figure in the American avant-garde, the so-called 'ultra-modern' movement of the 1920s and 1930s. In addition to her historical significance, as part of the first generation of American composers to step out from the shadow of European models, her music deserves attention for its original and compelling structures and its expressive power. Crawford created new ways of writing melodies, of combining them in heterogeneous juxtaposition, of projecting musical ideas over the largest spans of time, and of structuring rhythm and dynamics alongside pitch. In her innovative musical language, Crawford wrote a small handful of works that should now take their rightful place in the musical modernist canon.

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This book is the first to study the music of Ruth Crawford Seeger, widely considered to be the most important American woman composer of this century. Indeed, it is the first full-length analytical study of the music of any woman composer. The book contains extensive technical descriptions of Ruth Crawford Seeger's music, and also considers her in relation to her contemporaries and to the history of women and music.

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..".engagingly readable, conveying complex observations with utter clarity....Straus confronts gender-related issues squarely, providing even-handed insights and posing a series of intriguing questions." I.S.A.M. (Institute for Studies in American Music) Newsletter

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