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Proof through the NightMusic and the Great War$
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Glenn Watkins

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231580

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231580.001.0001

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Coming of Age in America

Coming of Age in America

(p.333) 19 Coming of Age in America
Proof through the Night

Glenn Watkins

University of California Press

With America's entrance into the Great War in April 1917, the role of art and music in society understandably took on a new urgency, so that an assessment at the beginning of 1918 by Walter Spalding, called “The War in its Relation to American Music,” was timely as well as predictable. No composer or resident on the eastern seaboard was held in higher esteem during the years of the Great War than John Alden Carpenter. Through the period of the Great War, hardly any American critic argued that a composer might look outward to the recent and invigorating models of the European avant-garde. One of America's most daring composers during the war was Leo Ornstein. Of all those who were composing at this time, no figure provided more vivid testimony to the possibility of a truly American avant-garde than Charles Ives.

Keywords:   Great War, America, art, music, John Alden Carpenter, avant-garde, composers, Leo Ornstein, Charles Ives

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