Reflections of an American Composer
Reflections of an American Composer by Arthur Berger

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Author: Arthur Berger
Title: Reflections of an American Composer
ISBN: 0520232518
ISBN13: 978-0520232518
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Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: University of California Press; First edition (November 4, 2002)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1424 kb
Size EPUB version: 1455 kb
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Music

In this engrossing collection of essays, distinguished composer, theorist, journalist, and educator Arthur Berger invites us into the vibrant and ever-changing American music scene that has been his home for most of the twentieth century. Witty, urbane, and always entertaining, Berger describes the music scene in New York and Boston since the 1930s, discussing the heady days when he was a member of a tight-knit circle of avant-garde young composers mentored by Aaron Copland as well as his participation in a group at Harvard University dedicated to Stravinsky. As Virgil Thomson's associate on the New York Herald Tribune and founding editor of the prestigious Perspectives of New Music, Berger became one of the preeminent observers and critics of American music. His reflections on the role of music in contemporary life, his journalism career, and how changes in academia influence the composition and teaching of music offer a unique perspective informed by Berger's abundant intelligence and experience.

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