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Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music

Michael Broyles


From colonial times to the present, American composers have lived on the fringes of society and defined themselves in large part as outsiders. This book considers the tradition of maverick composers and explores what these mavericks reveal about American attitudes toward the arts and about American society itself. It starts by examining the careers of three notably unconventional composers: William Billings in the eighteenth century, Anthony Philip Heinrich in the nineteenth, and Charles Ives in the twentieth. All three had unusual lives, wrote music that many considered incomprehensible, and ... More

Keywords: composers, maverick composers, American society, unconventional composers, William Billings, Anthony Philip Heinrich, Charles Ives, American music, individualism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300100457
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300100457.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Broyles, author