“Born on the Fourth of July”: Musical Celebrations of America’s Independence

From 'nationalism by quotation' to the incorporation of jazz elements, American composers were eager to bring familiar aspects of American culture into the concert hall.

Lecture Description

Americans have found myriad ways to assert the cultural independence and exceptional ism of their nation. Composers for the concert hall chose to quote folk and popular music in pieces that were intended too describe America in musical terms. In addition, composers in the 1920s and 30s asserted the “American” quality of their compositions by quoting jazz idioms, The presence of hip hop on Broadway is a continuation of the synthesis of popular and concert genres. This lecture explores varieties of American concert music whose creators strove to depict aspects of America’s history and culture on stage.


Music Social and Cultural

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