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Amy Lynn Wlodarski
Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA 17013-2896)
The Postwar Humanism of American Composer George Rochberg (1918-2005)

Preparation of a book about the music of American composer George Rochberg (1918-2005).

My book project considers Rochberg's musical works and writings within their postwar contexts. I explore how he experienced and responded aesthetically to the tragedies of the twentieth century while also revealing how those events ultimately influenced his theory of musical borrowing: ars combinatorial. During the summer of 2016, I propose to research at various domestic archives (PA, MD, NY, DC) that contain materials pertaining to Rochberg's service with the 281st Army Infantry and at his personal archive (Basel, Switzerland), which contains unpublished materials (journals, correspondence, essays, sketchbooks) that provide insight into his postwar political views and his political and aesthetic assessment of mid-century composers. I will complete a draft of the book introduction and the first chapter, which set the political and aesthetic foundation for the larger study.

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Project fields:
Aesthetics; Jewish Studies; Music History and Criticism

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2016 – 8/31/2016