American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 By Leon Botstein Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall.  Modernism in music during the twentieth century evolved in ways fundamentally…

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Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood By Leon Botstein Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall.  Steve Reich (b. 1936) is one of America’s leading composers. He was trained as a drummer and quickly became…

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Henry Cowell’s Synchrony By Judith Tick, Department of Music, Northeastern University Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall. Henry Cowell (1897-1965) used the term Synchrony, because he planned to combine music with the elements of dance and…

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Ruth Crawford Seeger’s Three Songs to Poems by Carl Sandberg for Voice, Oboe, Piano, Percussion, and Optional Orchestral Ostinato By Judith Tick, Department of Music, Northeastern University Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall.  As a composer…

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Roger Sessions’ Symphony No. 5 By Martin Brody, Professor of Music, Wellesley College Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall.  Born (in 1896) in Brooklyn and raised in Hadley, Massachusetts, and New York, Roger Sessions became the…

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Wallingford Riegger’s Music for Orchestra, Op. 50 By Judith Tick, Department of Music, Northeastern University Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall.  Wallingford Riegger (1885-1961), began his long career as a modernist in 1927 with the string-orchestra…

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Morton Feldman’s On Time and the Instrumental Factor By Paul Beaudoin, Composer & Clarinetist Written for the concert American Modernism Seen & Heard: The Abstract and Geometric Tradition in Music and Painting, 1930-1975 performed on Dec 20, 1992 at Carnegie Hall.  In 1949, John Cage introduced 24 year old Morton Feldman to fellow composers Earle Brown, Christian…

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