Charles Seeger: A Life in American Music

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The biography of the composer, teacher, performer, musicologist, and inventor chronicles Charles Seeger's contributions to the world of American music, from his teaching at Julliard to his lobbying for the increased recognition of folk music as an art form.

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Ann M. Pescatello is a historian and the author or editor of numerous books, including Female and Male in Latin America: Essays; Power and Pawn: The Female in Iberian Families, Societies, and Cultures, and Studies in Musicology II: 1929-1979.

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This superb account pays fitting tribute to a seminal figure in the history of American music and in the field of ethnomusicology, placing his accomplishments within their social and historical contexts to underscore their significance. A tireless advocate of American folk music, Seeger (1886-1979) established the first musicology curriculum in the U.S. in 1913, at the University of California at Berkeley, and helped found the American Musicological Association. In the '30s, he developed music programs for the federal Resettlement Administration and the WPA; in the '40s, he served as director of the Pan American Union's Inter-American Music Center. In addition to his involvement in folk music and education, Seeger wrote criticism--which appeared under a pseudonym in the Communist Daily Worker --and numerous theoretical treatises. Pescatello, director of the national Scholars in the Schools program and a friend of Seeger's in his later years, presents masterly analyses of his complex theories as well as an admiring portrait of the man himself. Photos not seen by PW.
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Book Description University of Pittsburgh Press, United States, 1993. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The life of Charles Seeger (1886-1979) - composer, teacher, performer, beureaucrat, inventor, musicologist - spanned 92 years and touched many areas of American music. Almost every modern musician has been affected by some aspect of Seeger s life and work. Seeger was both a traditionalist and an insistent champion of the new. After embracing music at Harvard, despite his family wishes, he established the University of California s music department and the nation s first curriculum in musicology. He taught at the Institute of Musical Arts (later Julliard) and at the New School in New York, where he was a founder and leader of the Composers Collective and (under a pseudonym) wrote music reviews for the Daily Worker . During his years in Washington at the Resettlement Administration, the WPA, and the Pan American Union, Seeger defended the artistic value of folk music and strove for global cooperation in musical enterprises. A pioneer ethnomusicologist, he invented the melograph, a device for capturing the nuances of non-notated music, and helped to launch a number of professional musical societies in the United States and abroad. Two of Seeger s wives were gifted musicians: the violinist Constance Edson and the composer Ruth Crawford, the first American woman to receive a Guggenheim award for the study of music. Three of his children - Peter, Michael and Peggy - have established international reputations in the field of folk music. This biography of Charles Seeger describes the energy and creative undertakings of this man who the author describes as an astonishingly versatile figure. Drawing on Seeger s own writings as he explored his social and musical world, Ann Pescatello portrays the experience of a pivotal figure in modern American culture. Bookseller Inventory # AAN9780822937135

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