American Five

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The American Five was a group of modernist American composers consisting of Charles Ives, John J. Becker, Wallingford Riegger, Henry Cowell, and Carl Ruggles.[1] It was known for its modernist and often dissonant compositions which broke away from European compositional styles to create a distinctly American style.[2] The name was coined in imitation of the group of Russian composers called The Five.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chase, Gilbert. "American Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present." Music & Letters, Vol. 69, No. 4 (Oct., 1988), pp. 542-545.
  2. ^ New York Public Library Guide to the John J. Becker Papers
  3. ^ USD Symphony Program Notes