Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 January 2009

272 Pages | 4 halftones, 23 music examples

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195383591

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Music for the Common Man

Aaron Copland during the Depression and War

Elizabeth Bergman Crist

  • First study of Copland's music in the context of progressive politics of 1930s-1940s
  • Considers Copland and these familiar pieces from a fresh perspective
  • Argues a controversial stance on the nexus of music and politics and adopts a revisionist perspective on American political culture of the 1930s-1940s
  • Deals with the values behind the idea of America itself, a hotly-debated contemporary political subject
  • Views Copland's music in terms of broad leftist ideas rather than within the narrow stricture of Communist Party policy and aesthetics

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