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New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Amy Beal


This book documents how American experimental music and its practitioners came to prominence in the West German cultural landscape between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990. Beginning with the re-education programs implemented by American military officers during the post-war occupation of West Germany and continuing through the cultural policies of the Cold War era, this broad history chronicles German views on American music, American composers' pursuit of professional opportunities abroad, and the unprecedented dissemination and s ... More

Keywords: re-education programs, Cold War, state-subsidized radio, music festivals, exchange programs, John Cage, Henry Cowell, Earle Brown, Morton Feldman, David Tudor

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780520247550
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520247550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy Beal, author