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Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music

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Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is frequently considered the most significant American female composer in this century. Joining Aaron Copland and Henry Cowell as a key member of the 1920s musical avant-garde, she went on to study with modernist theorist and future husband Charles Seeger, writing her masterpiece, String Quartet 1931, not long after. But her legacy extends far beyond the cutting edge of modern music. Collaborating with poet Carl Sandburg on folk song arrangements in the twenties, and with the famous folk-song collectors John and Alan Lomax in the 1930s, she emerged as a central figure in the American folk music revival, issuing several important books of transcriptions and arrangements and pioneering the use of American folk songs in children's music education. Radicalized by the Depression, she spent much of the ensuing two decades working aggressively for social change with her husband and stepson, the folksinger Pete Seeger.

This engrossing new biography emphasizes the choices Crawford Seeger made in her roles as composer, activist, teacher, wife and mother. The first woman to win a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in music composition, Crawford Seeger nearly gave up writing music as the demands of family, politics, and the folk song movement intervened. It was only at the very end of her life, with cancer sapping her strength, that she returned to composing. Written with unique insight and compassion, this book offers the definitive treatment of a fascinating twentieth-century figure.

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Ruthe Seeger was a prominent American avant-garde composer of the 1920s. After her marriage, she became involved in the American folk song movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Caught in domestic life, this creative woman never fully realised her potential.

Synopsis:

Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is frequently considered the most significant American female composer in the twentieth century. With Aaron Copland and Henry Cowell she was a key member of the 1920s musical avant-garde, and she was the first woman to win a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in music composition. But her legacy extends far beyond the cutting edge of modern music. Collaborating with poet Carl Sandburg on fork song arrangements in the twenties, and with the famous folk-song collectors John and Alan Lomax in the 1930s, she emerged as a central figure in the American fork music revival. In addition, she became an energetic proponent of social change and devoted much of her last decades to progressive causes. This engrossing new biography emphasizes the choices Crawford Seeger made in her roles as composer, activist, teacher, wife and mother.

About the Author

Judith Tick is Professor of Music at Northeastern University. She is co-editor of Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition, 1150-1950 and author of American Women Composers Before 1870.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195137927
Author:
Tick, Judith
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Judith
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Composers
Subject:
Composers & Musicians
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Music | Music History, American
Subject:
Music | Music History, Western | Twentieth Century
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 halftones, 35 music examples
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.3 in 1.5 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Ruthe Seeger was a prominent American avant-garde composer of the 1920s. After her marriage, she became involved in the American folk song movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Caught in domestic life, this creative woman never fully realised her potential.
"Synopsis" by , Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953) is frequently considered the most significant American female composer in the twentieth century. With Aaron Copland and Henry Cowell she was a key member of the 1920s musical avant-garde, and she was the first woman to win a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in music composition. But her legacy extends far beyond the cutting edge of modern music. Collaborating with poet Carl Sandburg on fork song arrangements in the twenties, and with the famous folk-song collectors John and Alan Lomax in the 1930s, she emerged as a central figure in the American fork music revival. In addition, she became an energetic proponent of social change and devoted much of her last decades to progressive causes. This engrossing new biography emphasizes the choices Crawford Seeger made in her roles as composer, activist, teacher, wife and mother.

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