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  • Baber, Katherine A., 1981- author.
  • Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • Jazz -- History and criticism.
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    Leonard Bernstein and the language of jazz / Katherine Baber.
    by Baber, Katherine A., 1981- author.
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    Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, [2019]
  • Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990 -- Criticism and interpretation.
  • Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
  • Jazz -- History and criticism.
  • ISBN: 
    9780252084164 (paperback)
    0252084160 (paperback)
    9780252042379 (hardcover)
    0252042379 (hardcover)
    x, 268 pages : music ; 23 cm.
    Bernstein's philosophy and the language of jazz -- Trading fours: Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, and jazz -- A jazz-shaped America: swing styles in Fancy Free and On the Town -- Jazz as a rhetoric of conflict in Symphony no. 2: The Age of Anxiety -- West Side Story, modern jazz, and the musical commitment -- "Red, white and blues": Bernstein's blues and the American soul -- Conclusion.
    Leonard Bernstein's gifts for drama and connecting with popular audiences made him a central figure in twentieth century American music. Though a Bernstein work might reference anything from modernism to cartoon ditties, jazz permeated every part of his musical identity as a performer, educator, and intellectual. Katherine Baber investigates how jazz in its many styles served Bernstein as a flexible, indeed protean, musical idea. As she shows, Bernstein used jazz to signify American identity with all its tensions and contradictions and to articulate community and conflict, irony and parody, and timely issues of race and gender. Baber provides a thoughtful look at how Bernstein's use of jazz grew out of his belief in the primacy of tonality, music's value as a unique form of human communication, and the formation of national identity in music. She also offers in-depth analyses of On the Town, West Side Story, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and other works to explore fascinating links between Bernstein's art and issues like eclecticism, music's relationship to social engagement, black-Jewish relations, and his own musical identity. (Publisher)
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    Music in American life
    Music in American life.
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