American Music in the Twentieth Century (英語) ハードカバー – 1997/11/21
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Kyle Gann examines the characteristic sounds of the diverse movements in American art music from Charles Ives to the present day. He sketches the changing social and cultural contexts of American concert music through the study of representative works of music and key individuals.
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Kyle Gann's book provides the necessary tools for an individual who wishess to answer the question, "What is American Music?"
I used to read Gann's column in the Village Voice back in the late Eighties, but the scene he described sounded too dry and formalistic to pursue. Now I am finally catching up with contemporary "classical" music and can better appreciate Gann's contribution. His last section is on post-minimalist developments he groups together and calls "totalism." Sad to say, this music seems to have a "minimal" audience outside of small districts in NYC and perhaps the Bay Area, despite its attempt at populism, incorporating rock and intersecting with jazz as well in the so-called Downtown scene (John Zorn, the Knitting Factory, Tzadik Records).
Of course avant-garde music will probably always be marginal, and here's to Gann and all those who keep it alive!