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Name: Institution: Course: Date: "First" American Music The history of American music can be traced back to early 17th century which was associated with Indian Americans. During this time, music was mostly sung in places of warship. However, the industry has witnessed tremendous growth since then.
The objective of this paper is to explore the “First” American music written by Charles Ives, Antonin Dvorak and Louis M. Gottschalk. It will then recommend who among the three composers deserves the most credit for writing a distinctive American sound. Charles Ives Charles Edward Ives was an American modernist composer born in 1874 and later died in 1954. He is one among the first American composers of international renown. However, at the beginning, his music was not received well among the people until late when his work came to be regarded as “American Original.” He trained in music at Yale. In tailoring himself to the audience, through music and in person, Ives appeals to the experiences he share with them. He composed several mature and appealing pieces which focused on shared experiences. Through art songs, chamber songs, sonatas, and symphonic works among them being Classic-Romantic traditions, Ives pieces of work introduce elements from other traditions of Native America (Burkholder 21). His pieces of compositions suggest extra musical meanings be it those pertaining to programs or those suggesting a certain character. ...
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