New World Symphonies by Jack Sullivan
How American Culture Changed European Music

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This groundbreaking book shows for the first time the profound and transformative influence of American literature, music, and mythology on European music. Acknowledging the impact of European tradition on American composers, Jack Sullivan contends that, beginning in the nineteenth century, an even more powerful musical current flowed from the New World to the Old.

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Sullivan is professor of English and chair of American Studies at Rider University.
Published March 11, 1999 by Yale University Press. 282 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The Australian composer Percy Grainger (1882-1961) thought European music was ''hopelessly sunk in conventionality, sham intellectuality and parochialism'' and longed for an ''American Messiah.'' The French composer, Edgard Varese (1883-1965), who celebrated ''new worlds'' in his raucously experi...

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Probably the best chapter is the one in which the author's past as a horror anthologist (he edited the Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural) is put to good use: ""New Worlds of Terror: The Legacy of Poe."" Sullivan ends the book with a discussion of jazz, sidestepping the greatest ...

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