American music in the 20th century chapter 1 introduction 1 chapter 1 introduction background the united states in 1900 in the us in 1900 average annual income 430 average purchase price of a house 3500 a years tuition at harvard university 150 a loaf of bread 5 cents in 1900 the united states of america was very different than it is today. Reviewed in the united states on september 16 1998 scholarly research on 20th century music in the united states is ubiquitous unfortunately a majority of these works simply focus on american composers inheritance of european technique kyle ganns book american music in the 20th century breaks this trend. A compositional tradition arose in the mid 20th century particularly in north america called experimental music its most famous and influential exponent was john cage 1912 1992 according to cage an experimental action is one the outcome of which is not foreseen and he was specifically interested in completed works that performed an unpredictable action. American music in the twentieth century book read 6 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers kyle gann examines the characteristic sounds
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