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The American Stravinsky

The Style and Aesthetics of Copland's New American Music, the Early Works, 1921-1938
Gayle Murchison
The first study to show Copland's style development from his early works through his first widely accessible ballet

Description

One of the country's most enduringly successful composers, Aaron Copland created a distinctively American style and aesthetic in works for a diversity of genres and mediums, including ballet, opera, and film. Also active as a critic, mentor, advocate, and concert organizer, he played a decisive role in the growth of serious music in the Americas in the twentieth century.

In The American Stravinsky , Gayle Murchison closely analyzes selected works to discern the specific compositional techniques Copland used, and to understand the degree to which they derived from European models, particularly the influence of Igor Stravinsky. Murchison examines how Copland both Americanized these models and made them his own, thereby finding his own compositional voice. Murchison also discusses Copland's aesthetics of music and his ideas about its purpose and social function.

"A marvelous contribution to the research on Copland, American music, and early twentieth-century Euro-American musical aesthetics. Murchison's methodology may in fact be part of an avant-garde reconsideration of theoretical analysis with a richer understanding of cultural context, the latter a result of 'New Musicology.' Murchison sets a new mark for Copland scholars."
—Marta Robertson, The Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Gettysburg College

Gayle Murchison is Associate Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the College of William and Mary.

Praise / Awards

  • "The American Stravinsky presents a close compositional and stylistic analysis of select works by Copland, and embeds his stylistic and compositional choices within the aesthetic trends of his era, using Copland's own words, those of his critics, and current social and cultural research. Murchison accomplishes this task marvelously, contributing greatly to further research on Copland, American music, and early twentieth-century Euro-American musical aesthetics. Her methodology may in fact be part of an avant-garde reconsideration of theoretical analysis with a richer understanding of cultural context, the latter a result of 'New Musicology.' Murchison sets a new mark for Copland scholars."
    —Marta Robertson, Department of Music, Gettysburg College

  • "...Gayle Murchison has succeeded in redefining Copland and his music. Future scholarship should start here." 
    —Stephen Brown, TLS-The Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 304pp.
  • 73 musical examples, 22 tables.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2012
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  • 978-0-472-09984-9

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  • Paper
  • 2013
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