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He Heard America Singing : Arthur Farwell, Composer and Crusading Music Educator - Evelyn Davis Culbertson

He Heard America Singing

Arthur Farwell, Composer and Crusading Music Educator

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1992
ISBN: 9780810825802
Number Of Pages: 885

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Arthur Farwell (1872-1952), the drum-beater for the American composer beginning about 1900, was in the forefront of nearly every facet of the nation's musical life. When he discovered that neither the music written by American composers nor their profession was recognized or supported, he vowed 'to change the United States in this respect.' He founded the Wa-Wan Press and the American Music Society nationwide, made four crusading transcontinental tours, and published countless essays to promote the cause of American music. His story reveals the human side of a composer caught up in a passionate love for his country and its 'common people' and how he met the countless challenges of his 'mission' to bring good music into their lives through community music experiences.

...for this unique documentary biography of Farwell, the result of nearly thirty years' research, Evely Davis Culbertson draws heavily upon Farwell's journals, letters, speeches, taped interviews, essays, and unpublished manuscripts...an excellent discography...very fascinating reading. Pan Pipes (Journal of Sigma Alpha Iota) a most useful stepping-stone towards a deeper understanding of American music, music-making, artistic endeavor and music education in the first half of the present century - this carefully constructed study deserved our attention. Journal of Music Culbertson has been able to clarify and correct information that previous writers have presented...extremely well written and compelling... American Music Teacher Written sensitively... the book speaks authoritatively through the analysis of the music of Arthur Farwell and through the quotations. Mae L. Stewart There is enough material here to launch dozens of studies... Isam Newsletter ... ambitious in scope...an important figure in the development of an American music... Accessible to general readers and undergraduates. CHOICE A substantial advance in Farwell studies...a monumental life-and-works packed with detail...a voluminous biography, with quotations from Farwell's diaries and letters providing a multi-dimensional profile, much richer than anything that can be gleaned from his own essays... Music & Letters

List of Photographs and Illustrations
List of Musical Examples
Preface and Acknowledgments
The Life of Arthur Farwell
Early Years (1872 - 1889)p. 3
College Years (1889 - May 1893)p. 19
Serious Music Study Begins (1893 - 1897)p. 32
European Travel and Study (1897 - 1899)p. 54
Overview of Conditions in the U. S. in 1900p. 72
Professional Career Beginsp. 77
The Wa-Wan Press Storyp. 84
"Westward Ho!"p. 111
First Western Trip (1903 - 1904)p. 112
Second Western Trip (1904 - 1905)p. 116
Third Western Trip (July - October 1905)p. 118
Fourth Western Trip (1906 - 1907)p. 119
The American Music Society Storyp. 126
New York City, (1909 - 1918)p. 147
Critic for Musical America (1909 - 1916)p. 147
Supervisor of Municipal Concerts in Parks and Piers (1910 - 1913)p. 148
Director of Third Street Music School Settlement (1915 - 1918)p. 153
Special Friendsp. 155
Community Music and Pageant Workp. 165
The American Pageant Associationp. 168
St. Louis Pageant and Masquep. 170
Pageant Musicp. 173
Song and Light Festival (1916)p. 175
Caliban (1916)p. 183
War-Time Music Activitiesp. 184
Marriage to Gertrude Bricep. 186
California (1918 - 1927)p. 193
University of Californiap. 193
Santa Barbarap. 202
The Pilgrimage Play (1921)p. 208
Pasadena Composer's Fellowshipp. 211
Theater of the Starsp. 219
Michigan (1927 - 1939)p. 227
Michigan State Collegep. 227
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen Fellowshipp. 240
Lithographic Pressp. 244
Farwell's Composition Studentsp. 254
Roy Harrisp. 254
Other Studentsp. 285
"Life With Father"p. 289
The Last Years (1939 - 1952)p. 308
Second Marriagep. 313
"Retirement" Activitiesp. 321
The Music of Arthur Farwell
The Composer at Workp. 337
Farwell's Use of Folk Musicp. 356
Indianp. 356
Cowboyp. 394
Folk Songs of the West and Southp. 398
Spanish-Californianp. 400
Music Examplesp. 403
Vocal Musicp. 415
Art Songsp. 415
Early Songsp. 416
Emily Dickinson Settingsp. 420
Other Settingsp. 446
Patriotic Songs and Community Musicp. 457
Music Examplesp. 463
Piano Musicp. 501
Early Works (1895 - 1923)p. 501
Michigan Period (1927 - 1939)p. 508
New York Period (1940 - 1951)p. 516
Music Examplesp. 525
Chamber Musicp. 552
Early Period (1898 - 1917)p. 552
Later Works (1922 - 1950)p. 555
Music Examplesp. 570
Theater and Community Music-Dramap. 586
East Coast Worksp. 586
California Worksp. 605
Opera, Cartoon, or Once Upon a Time Recentlyp. 617
Music Examplesp. 626
Orchestral Worksp. 653
Early Worksp. 653
Symbolistic Studiesp. 657
The Gods of the Mountainp. 664
Symphonic Song on Old Black Joep. 670
Prelude to a Spiritual Dramap. 671
Mountain Song (with Chorus)p. 676
Rudolph Gott Symphonyp. 680
Later Orchestral Activityp. 689
The Heroic Breedp. 691
Music Examplesp. 698
Epiloguep. 709
Catalog of Musical Worksp. 717
Discographyp. 770
End Papers
End Notes by Chapters Part Ip. 781
End Notes by Chapters Part IIp. 797
Appendix I: Partial List of Articles by Arthur Farwellp. 808
Appendix II: Farwell Essay on Emily Dickinsonp. 814
Bibliographyp. 819
General Indexp. 840
Index of Compositionsp. 849
About the Authorp. 853
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ISBN: 9780810825802
ISBN-10: 0810825805
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 885
Published: 1st October 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.16