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  • Elliott Carter (American Composers) | James Wierzbicki

    Elliott Carter (American Composers)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Wierzbicki
    • Narrated By Tim Lundeen
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    This compact introduction to the life and works of composer Elliott Carter provides a fresh perspective on one of the most significant American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. A leading voice of the American classical music tradition and a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, Carter was initially encouraged to become a composer by Charles Ives, and he went on to learn from Walter Piston at Harvard University and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Drawing on Carter's voluminous writings and compositions, James Wierzbicki provides a clear discussion of Carter.

  • Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties (Music in American Life) | James Wierzbicki

    Music in the Age of Anxiety: American Music in the Fifties (Music in American Life)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Wierzbicki
    • Narrated By Scott Carrico
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    Derided for its conformity and consumerism, 1950s America paid a price in anxiety. Prosperity existed under the shadow of a mushroom cloud. Optimism wore a Bucky Beaver smile that masked worry over threats at home and abroad. But even dread could not quell the revolutionary changes taking place in virtually every form of mainstream music. Music historian James Wierzbicki sheds light on how the Fifties' pervasive moods affected its sounds.

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