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By Ann M. Pescatello

Ann M. Pescatello offers the 1st biography of Charles Seeger, who used to be a strength in American tune for many of the 20 th century. half composer, instructor, performer, musicologist, bureaucrat, and inventor-Seeger's ninety-two yr existence touched many folks and lots of components of yankee track. As either a traditionalist and champion of the recent, he validated the collage of California's tune division and the nation's first curriculum in musicology, and taught on the Institute of Musical Arts (later Julliard), and on the New university in ny. He was once additionally a track activist-defending the inventive price of yank people track, and looking worldwide cooperation for musical firm on the Resettlement administraion, the WPA, and the Pan American Union.

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21 Even in Boston, where one could get the best musical training in the United States, one had to train oneself, Seeger observed. He spent considerable time at Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts. He would attend one day with musical scores of the works performed-scores obtained directly from Europe about which his professors had no knowledge-and the next day just to listen. Seeger, like his friends, had very different opinions about music from the views of his professors. Perhaps they were simply ignorant of the works of Debussy and other modern composers, or perhaps they did not consider this music worth teaching.

Parmalee they were invited back provided they restrained their tongues; and I seem to have the impressions that they very sportingly did. Somehow or other winked at by our father (though encouraged by our mother's example) companionship with the servants was almost continuous through the day. They were lovely people and we adored them-especially Dennis, with his store of Irish folklore, speech that sounded deliciously quaint to us and a sparkling sense of humour. All these relationships were, however, upon a strictly observed class basis.

He did. My mother attended an excellent "finishing school" for young ladies, whose textbooks seem to have been less read by her than Victorian novels. "l0 When I was about seven, she decided that we should go to church and say prayers before we went to bed. I rather liked the simple little church back near Sailors' Snug Harbo~. There was singing and a pretty little girl with long yellow hair sat in the pew just in front of ours. But the minister, hearing that Father was a good amateur musician, made the mistake ofasking him to play the organ.

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