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Unsettled Scores: Politics, Hollywood, and the Film Music of Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler

Sally Bick

Abstract

Unsettled Scores treats the Hollywood activities of Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler, who were among the earliest modernist composers to negotiate the collision of the high/low dichotomy within these two cultural realms. The social and political crises provoked by capitalism and war profoundly affected these ideals and, in turn, the men’s cultural and aesthetic thinking. Confronting and living through social crisis (Eisler during the instability of Weimar Germany and Copland through America’s Depression years), both composers experimented with new artistic forms and values, shaping their musical ... More

Keywords: Aaron Copland, Hanns Eisler, Of Mice and Men, Hangmen Also Die, political music, film music, Hollywood, modernism, Fritz Lang, Lewis Milestone

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042812
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042812.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Bick, author
University of Windsor