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The New Yorker previews Soundscape America

The New Yorker previews Soundscape America, in particular the inclusion of Ruth Crawford Seeger's work "String Quartet 1931".

""String Quartet 1931" is arguably the finest American quartet before those of Elliott Carter, a composer [Ruth Crawford Seeger] decisively influenced. JACK will also perform Carter’s String Quartet No. 2 (1959) at Miller (along with works by such luminaries as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, and Gloria Coates), and most of his essential style elements—the full-spectrum dissonance, the ornery independence of the four instrumental lines, the slow music that moves in surging planes of harmony, like clouds over a landscape—could already be found in Crawford Seeger’s piece, in a pithier and more concentrated form."

Read the full preview here.