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MUSA 1

Ruth Crawford
Music for Small Orchestra (1926); Suite No. 2 for Four Strings and Piano (1929)
Edited by Judith Tick and Wayne Schneider

By the late 1920s, before composing her landmark String Quartet 1931, Ruth Crawford had already found a strong and individual voice as an American modernist. This edition presents two important unpublished compositions from that period: Music for Small Orchestra (1926) and Suite No. 2 for Four Strings and Piano (1929). The style of these works, dubbed "post tonal pluralism," shows Crawford handling tonality as an option rather than a given and responding to a wide range of musical, literary, and intellectual currents--including the music of Scriabin, Cowell, Rudhyar, and Ruggles, the poetry of Carl Sandburg, and the religious-philosophical movement know as theosophy.

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Reviews of this Volume

Corneilson, Paul. Letter to the Editor. Notes 54, no. 1 (1997): 306.


Dickinson, Peter. Review of Music for Small Orchestra (1926); Suite No. 2 for Four Strings and Piano (1929), by Ruth Crawford. Edited by Judith Tick and Wayne Schneider. Music & Letters 79, no. 1 (1998): 156-157.


Nicholls, David. Review of Music for Small Orchestra (1926); Suite No. 2 for Four Strings and Piano (1929), by Ruth Crawford. Edited by Judith Tick and Wayne Schneider. Notes 53, no. 2 (1996): 626-627.


Scott, Darwin. “Communications.” Notes 53, no. 3 (1996): 1008.