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New Music, New AlliesAmerican Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification$
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Amy Beal

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247550

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247550.001.0001

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West Germany and the American Experimental Tradition

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New Music, New Allies

Amy C. Beal

University of California Press

This study describes the history of foreign support afforded to American experimental music from 1945 to 1990, particularly West Germany. It explains that during the second half of the twentieth century, American composer-performers and West German cultural institutions contributed to an unprecedented international exchange of musical, aesthetic, and ideological viewpoints. It discusses changing attitudes about American music and contemporary composition during post-war and Cold War eras in West Germany.

Keywords:   American experimental music, West Germany, American composer-performers, cultural institutions, contemporary composition, Cold War era

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