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  WCPE - Classical Music News
Classical music has become so marginalized that Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Los Angeles Philharmonic's dashing music director, recently said that, in his city, classical is the new counterculture.
Nearly 60 percent of 2,200 adults polled at random said they have some interest in classical music, and about 27 percent make classical music a part of their lives "pretty regularly," according to a study commissioned by the foundation.
To wit, despite the professed connection many Americans feel to classical music, less than 5 percent of adults in the 15 communities are regular patrons of their orchestras.
www.wcpe.org /classical_news/PI_2002_05.shtml   (873 words)

  Classical music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day.
The term classical music did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to "canonize" the period from Bach to Beethoven as an era in music parallel to the golden age of sculpture, architecture and art of classical antiquity (from which no music has directly survived).
Improvisation in classical music performance was far more common during the Baroque era than in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and recently the performance of such music by modern classical musicians has been enriched by a revival of the old improvisational practices.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/European_classical_music   (2594 words)

 American classical music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
American classical music is music written in the United States but in the European classical music tradition.
Heinrich was the first American composer to write for symphony orchestra, as well as the first to conduct a Beethoven symphony in the United States (in Lexington, Kentucky in 1817).
In the early 20th century, George Gershwin was greatly influenced by African American music; however, this was during an era of legally enforced "Jim Crow" segregation during which his music perhaps enjoyed undue fame owing to the refusal of white listeners to listen to music that formed Gershwin's sources.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/American_classical_music   (1108 words)

 WNYC - Music - WNYC American Music Festival
As another highlight of the 2005 American Music Festival, WNYC hosts and producers will also choose their all-time favorite recordings of American music, which will be listed here and played on our music programs.
This 80-minute music theater piece for four voices and instrumental ensemble tackles the theme of construction versus destruction in architecture, in creativity, in relationships and in the mind.
Music from Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, known as a pianist who first brought the music of John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg and George Crumb to Azerbaijan.
www.wnyc.org /music/articles/43766   (648 words)

 American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
American Classical Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Facility: The American Classical Music Hall of Fame recognizes those who have made outstanding artistic contributions to classical music in the United States.
State funds were previously used to update exhibits, renovate space at its prior location, and to purchase a new performance piano.
culture.ohio.gov /project.asp?proj=classical   (224 words)

 Classical Net Review - American Music in the Twentieth Century
Like Struble's History Of American Classical Music, this is intended to be an historical survey, organized by period or style (with some of the same difficulties in keeping the apples and oranges separated) and by individual composer within those categories.
Each survey focuses on musical composition and style, rather than performance practice, musical institutions, or economic and social aspects of the musical world, although such matters are touched on as part of the larger context of original creativity.
His preference for the "downtown" new music scene, rather than the "uptown" musical establishment is clear, both in the composers he includes and those he does not choose to discuss or even mention.
www.classical.net /~music/books/reviews/002864655Xa.html   (874 words)

All musical genres are represented on the American music scene, but the resource collection here will focus on jazz and rock/country and classical music.
Folk music was based largely on ballads brought over from Scotland, England, and Ireland; it had been preserved in such enclaves as the mountains of North Carolina and West Virginia.
A distinctively American classical music came to fruition when such composers as George Gershwin and Aaron Copland incorporated homegrown melodies and rhythms into forms borrowed from Europe.
www.usembassy.dk /IntroUS/ArtsCulture/Music.htm   (770 words)

 An American Celebration, Classical Notes, Peter Gutmann
A survey of An American Celebration, the NY Philharmonic's fabulous box set of American classical music, from the pioneering work of Ives and Ellington to the modernism of Crumb and Reich, with special attention to Copland and Bernstein.
For Bernstein, music had to have an emotional dimension at its core, but Boulez took the further leap to the most progressive music in which randomness and mechanics play essential roles.
While much of his other work espouses American ideals of freedom and justice, this piece is a rather dry neoclassical abstraction, rooted in old forms but with a modern temperament and sound, and seems tied far closer to Bloch's native Switzerland than to his adopted land.
www.classicalnotes.net /columns/american.html   (5090 words)

 Classical Net Review - The History Of American Classical Music
In comparison with another recent book, Lyle Gann's American Music in the Twentieth Century (Schirmer, 1997), which focuses very heavily on experimental innovators, Struble attempts to give a more even-handed consideration to three main currents: the Americanist, the academic and the experimental.
This survey of American musical history might have been subtitled simply with the dates 1620-1993, because Struble opens with a chapter called "Forerunners," outlining seven distinct, and old, regional styles that had some influence on later developments.
Finally, in conclusion, Struble lays out alternative futures for classical music in America, along with a discussion of factors such as the enormous proliferation of composers, self-censorship by composers faced with funding and grant guidelines, "the double-edged sword" of recording and broadcasting developments, and audience concerns.
www.classical.net /music/books/reviews/081602927Xa.html   (647 words)

 Leonard Bernstein - Biography - AOL Music
Bernstein's formal music training began astonishingly late, at age 14, by which time he was already immersed in the beginnings of a musical career.
He later became the musical protégé of Serge Koussevitsky, the celebrated music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and also fell under the spell of composer Aaron Copland, who, like Mitropoulos, was also attracted to Bernstein on a sexual level.
By the mid-'60s, Bernstein commanded a huge cult of admirers, encompassing relatively casual listeners as well as dedicated classical enthusiasts, although the most conservative and tradition-minded classical aficionados still maintained their doubts until the completion of his recordings of the late Haydn symphonies, after which even they were converted.
music.aol.com /artist/leonard-bernstein/910/biography   (3028 words)

 peermusic classical : Publisher of Contemporary Classical Music Since 1948
By DANIEL J. David Diamond, a major American composer whose early brilliance in the 1940's was eclipsed by the dominance of atonal music but who later experienced a renaissance, died on Monday evening.
In a sense, his rise, obscurity and then resurgence mirrored the larger story of American classical music in the last 50 years, as it moved from domination by atonalism to a sometimes tonal, even Romantic idiom.
Diamond wrote music marked by a deep sense of structure - he was a master of fugues and sets of variations - and at times by tart harmonies and wiry melodies.
www.peermusicclassical.com /news/newsitem.cfm?announcement_id=247   (810 words)

 Classical Music Initiative from American Public Media
The CMI Production Fund is closed, but we encourage you to download Classical Radio 101, a guide to today's classical music radio universe, and a primer on how radio is made, as a great resource for developing your own ideas.
One important outgrowth of the Classical Music Initiative was the identification of the need for leadership in helping music professionals and media professionals work together more closely.
American Public Media's Classical Music Initiative is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
classicalmusicinitiative.publicradio.org   (542 words)

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 American Masters. Printable Page | PBS
By incorporating popular forms of American music such as jazz and folk into his compositions, he created pieces both exceptional and innovative.
He believed that classical music could eventually be as popular as jazz in America or folk music in Mexico.
It was around this same time that his plans for an American music festival (similar to ones in Europe) materialized as the Yaddo Festival of American Music (1932).
www.pbs.org /wnet/americanmasters/print/copland_a.html   (883 words)

 American Record Guide | classical music magazine
American Record Guide is free of advertiser influence on editorial content.
We know that people who care about classical music are a small minority, so it is useless to advertise subscriptions in mass-market magazines.
You get a 300-page magazine that is mostly record reviews but also includes an Overview of one composer's music on records, an annual index, editorials, and feature articles on the classical music world.
www.americanrecordguide.com /classical-music-reviews.html   (347 words)

 American Classical Orchestra | Music as the masters heard it.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The ACO membership is comprised of people interested in rediscovering the music of the Classical period in its original glory: performed with stylistic integrity on original instruments, in intimate settings, and accompanied by explanations which help participants visualize a time and place when the music was first performed.
The orchestra plays on historic instruments and uses performance techniques of the 17th-19th centuries, giving the music a completely different texture from the sound one hears when the same music is performed with a modern instrument orchestra.
Interested in reviving and preserving the art of playing period instruments, the American Classical Orchestra also fosters the education of musicians and the public in authentic performance technique.
www.amerclassorch.org /about.shtml   (398 words)

 PBS | Search . Search Results   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
American classical music in a way no other director had done.
American classical music needed to incorporate native music, Farwell created...
the classical teaching is that what they do is they teach classical music.
pbs.org /search/search_results.html?q=american+classical+music&spell=1   (281 words)

 ArtandCulture Discipline: Classical Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In truth, classical music’s aegis covers a vista of inspiration, ecstasy, innovation, tradition, and departure so vast as to establish it forever as the West’s colossal monument to art.
BMG Classics supports its artists with a stunning site complete with an opportunity to order CDs and find out when your favorite performer will be on stage.
Classical Net provides an enormous reference tool for those interested in any aspect of classical music.
www.artandculture.com /cgi-bin/WebObjects/ACLive.woa/wa/movement?id=585&sel=res   (547 words)

 About USA : Arts& Entertainment >Classical Music
With the advent of the 20th century, sparked by the immigrant urge to assimilate, isolationism, the excitement of jazz, and a “can-do” spirit, American composers started to create an astounding variety of distinctively American classical music.
Music composition of the greater part of the 20th century, especially the period after World War II, is characterized by experimentation and a constant search for new systems of writing music, new forms and new styles.
Many early American operas took classical or European stories for their subjects, but by the end of the 19th century, composers increasingly turned to American themes.
www.usinfo.pl /aboutusa/arts/classical.htm   (397 words)

 American Classical Music - organissimo jazz forums - This is the place to discuss the band, jazz, and more!
American Classical Music - organissimo jazz forums - This is the place to discuss the band, jazz, and more!
I personally think that the music in WEST SIDE STORY is some of the most beautiful ever done for the American stage.
This "American Classics" series by Naxos has been a good place for me to start, plus the price is right.
www.organissimo.org /forum/index.php?showtopic=2476   (1220 words)

 Sherwood Conservatory of Music: Contact Us
The great wealth of music composed by Americans over the past centuries is undoubtedly one of the greatest contributions to world culture the United States has made, and we celebrate it this year at Sherwood.
Whether in the use of "everyday" music by Charles Ives, blues by George Gershwin, Latin rhythms by Leonard Bernstein, folk tunes by Aaron Copland, avant-garde of John Cage, or minimalism of Phillip Glass; American classical music is broad, fresh and beautifully unique.
Since then, musicals have provided a forum for some of America's greatest musical minds to compose, playwrights to write and choreographers and dancers to make their artistic mark.
www.sherwoodmusic.org /americansound.htm   (848 words)

 About the USA > Arts > Music
Blues is a native American musical and verse form, with no direct European and African antecedents of which we know.
Folk music was based largely on ballads brought over from Scotland, England, and Ireland; it had been preserved in such enclaves as the mountains of North Carolina and West Virginia.
The history of popular music since the 1970s is basically that of rock music, which has grown to include hundreds of musical styles.
usa.usembassy.de /arts-music.htm   (1088 words)

 Occam's Razor: The Best Work of American Classical Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Pondering great classical music, I was wondering if there is a work of American classical music that critics could agree is our best work.
That's a bit of a problem for American classical music since, by European standards at least, we are still a new country.
This single work is quintessentially American, wholly unique and as wonderful and amazing in its own way as Sibelius's Finlandia is to the Finnish and Ralph Vaughn Williams's Greensleeves is to the English.
www.occams-razor.info /archives/2005/02/the_best_work_o.html   (1138 words)

 Black Opera Singers / African American Classical Music at Blackrefer.com
The fl American contralto, Carol Brice (Lovette Hawkins), received training at Palmer Memorial Institute in Sedalia, at Talageda College in Alabama (Bachelor of Music, 1939), and from Francis Rogers at the Juilliard School of Music in New York (1939-1943).
The noted fl American soprano and music educator, Dorothy Maynor, the daughter and granddaughter of Norfolk clergymen, was one of the most highly praised singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s.
Roberta Alexander established herself as one of the leading American sopranos in the latter quarter of the 20th century, both on the operatic stage and as an orchestral soloist.
www.blackrefer.com /music7.html   (1033 words)

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