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Frontier FiguresAmerican Music and the Mythology of the American West$
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Beth Levy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267763

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267763.001.0001

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Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny

(p.246) 9 Manifest Destiny
Frontier Figures

Beth E. Levy

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on Roy Harris's works. Marking the apex of Harris's career was his Third Symphony. At the time of its first performances, it seemed to represent the fulfillment of all the quasi-messianic hopes that had been vested in the composer. Harris had at last achieved his manifest destiny, uniting his vaunted “personality” with technical innovation in the prestigious genre of symphonic writing. Critics have praised the symphony for its “American flavor” or its organic unfolding, but few have recognized that these two features were intimately linked in Harris's mind through the theory of melodic “autogenesis.”

Keywords:   Roy Harris, composers, American music, Third Symphony, melodic autogenesis

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