26 March 2005

  Seeger, Ruth Crawford (1901-1953)

American composer. She played a prime role in the American modernist movement, while simultaneously promoting American traditional music. In a short life she became a successful composer and editor of music. In 1930 she recieved a Guggenheim fellowship, the first woman ever to do so; she visited Berlin and Paris where she met both Bartok and Berg. Her compositions are generally seen in two phases, those composed in Chicago, and those in New York. The first are dissonant, irregular in rhythm and meter, while the latter are experimental, using dissonant counterpoint and serial techniques applied to many aspects of music.

Features in Historical Anthology of Music by Women

Eight Chamber Works

Pellegrini Quartet.
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2000          £15  

Portrait of Ruth Crawford Seeger

Schoenberg ensemble.Oliver Knussen conductor: Includes Lucy Shelton, voice.
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1998          £15   Out of Print

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