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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 song for many of the 20th century. half composer, instructor, performer, musicologist, bureaucrat, and inventor-Seeger's ninety-two yr lifestyles touched many of us and lots of components of yankee track. As either a traditionalist and champion of the hot, he tested the college of California's song division and the nation's first curriculum in musicology, and taught on the Institute of Musical Arts (later Julliard), and on the New institution in ny. He was once additionally a tune activist-defending the creative worth of yankee people tune, and looking worldwide cooperation for musical firm on the Resettlement administraion, the WPA, and the Pan American Union.

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The city attracted Thomas Mann and others, including spirited young Americans like Seeger. " From Munich he traveled to Berlin, where he did not linger. Although it was a great intellectual center, to Seeger Berlin seemed too circumspect. After arriving in Cologne on January I, I909, Seeger signed on as apprentice to Otto Lohse, conductor of the Cologne Municipal Opera. 1 Seeger liked Cologne, though he found it quiet; its streets were deserted by eight in the evening. The people were kind but distant.

Christmas! Do you remember marching in with Aunt Hattie leading us, singing Tannenbaum? And going to bed with the robins singing and the crickets and Father playing Wagner downstairs? By the way, Dennis's family must have come in for Christmas, because I 32 Charles Seeger remember that Mother always included the servants then; in New York I distinctly remember our current cook, whom we did not know well, bringing two or three children to our tree. 18 While family life overall had been "idyllic" in Seeger's remembrance, he had suffered periods of distress, both physical and psychological.

8 Juxtaposition was accompanied by simultanism, by which "the mutually conflicting elements of montage . . " Simultanism, synchronicity (the coincidence of events in space and time as an interdependence of objective events among themselves), and superposition (imposing or enforcing juxtaposition of parts) were key elements. Simultanism is not simply a Hegelian resolution of opposites; it requires that we must accommodate "concurrently and without synthesis" two or more contradictory propositions-an intellectual challenge that found fruitful expression in the arts.

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