The American Reception of Schoenberg’s Music after 1945
The final chapter shows how Schoenberg’s presence in America produced many responses to his music after 1945, thanks to the groundwork he had laid since the early 1930s. Other factors included favorable circumstances, such as the Cold War climate that favored abstract and progressive art, and the growth of performance venues and college education. Although Schoenberg’s work has remained controversial and has been declared dead by critics, it never failed to find new champions among American performers, composers, and music scholars throughout the twentieth century. Promoted by Milton Babbitt, among other prominent composers, Schoenberg’s dodecaphony had a particularly strong impact on composers and scholars in academia in the 1950s and 1960s, and also on composers of experimental, film, and jazz music. His music and ideas are still very much alive.
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