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American Pioneers: Ives to Cage and Beyond (20th-Century Composers) Paperback – 19 Oct 1995

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'Smoothly executed. The chapter on Cage may well be the best introduction to his thought and work in English.' (Gramophone)

'... has a subtle but insistently inquiring approach to biography and details of artistic development. Alan Rich sets out the facts on early-20th-century music with clarity as well as providing a succinct summary of the background of the rise of concert music in the cultured urban classes if the west coast in the 19th century.' (Musical Times)

'As a series, Phaidon's 20th Century Composers has brought remarkable variety and a welter of information, both necessary and delightfully trivial. Intended both for the general reader and for the more enthusiatically musical...' (The Scotsman)

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Alan Rich is an American critic with a passion for contemporary music. He writes for the Los Angeles Weekly and is author of a number of books and a series of interactive music programs for computers.

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Insight into four musical maverics 6 Aug 2000
By Norman Rosenfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While not a definitive work on any of the composers featured here, this book quickly gets you where you need to be to get a handle on what makes these musical whackos tick. Good blend of biographical data, quotes, photos and graphics. If you don't want to spend a lot of time flipping pages checking out those who've pushed the musical envelope in the past century, this is a worthwhile read.
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Fast, Furious, but nevertheless fearless. 12 Jun 1998
By Pershing (pridenprej@aol.com) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
References were readable but lacked depth, width and a modicum of height. However overall clarity was sharp with only bluntness at the edges. Whilst all the comments were pertinent was the pertinence too compartmentalised or too open? Dang me if I didnt just whoop and holler at finding the late neo-classicists described as New Classic Latecomers
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