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Crossing Borders I:the historical context for Ravel’s North American tour

Gebhardt, Nicholas (2010) Crossing Borders I:the historical context for Ravel’s North American tour. In: Ravel Studies. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, pp. 92-113. ISBN 9780521886970

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Abstract

Through a close analysis of Ravel’s 1928 tour of the United States, this essay explores the social context in which the first generation of modernist composers from Europe engaged with North American popular music. Gebhardt argues that Ravel's integration of these musical styles into his own practice, particularly the syncopated dance music of ragtime and jazz, cannot be studied apart from the mass response he and other European composers received in the United States and the social conditions which made such a response possible. Central to the reception of European artists was the growing status and importance of the entertainment industry, which ensured the success of Ravel’s tour, but also produced a series of counter-movements or cultural reversals amongst performers, composers and audiences. The purpose of this chapter is to examine Ravel’s tour in terms of these transformations and consider its significance for clarifying the meaning of musical modernism.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ravel ; United States ; Music Industry ; Modernism ; Cultural History
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 55471
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Jun 2012 09:41
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 23:41
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/55471

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