Mainstream Music of Early Twentieth Century America: The Composers, Their Times, and Their Works


Chronologically following Tawa's The Coming of Age of American Art Music, this new study examines, in cultural context, the music of the most prominent composers active from 1900 to 1930, among them Frederick Shepherd Converse, Edgar Burlingame Hill, Mabel Daniels, Deems Taylor, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Arthur Farwell, Scott Joplin, Marion Bauer, and John Alden Carpenter. Unjustly neglected by latter-day critics interested in the avant-garde, this music deserves a hearing today. Tawa evaluates the composers and compositions on their own merits and concludes that much of the music will delight anyone not irrevocably opposed to romanticism.

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1992


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