For over sixty years, the scholar and pianist John Kirkpatrick tirelessly promoted and championed the music of American composers. In this book, Drew Massey explores how Kirkpatrick's career as an editor of music shaped the music and legacies of American modernists including Aaron Copland, Ross Lee Finney, Roy Harris, Hunter Johnson, Charles Ives, Robert Palmer, and Carl Ruggles. By drawing on oral histories, interviews, and Kirkpatrick's own extensive archives, this book argues that Kirkpatrick's career invites a reconsideration of many of the most important debates in American modernism -- about young composers' self-fashioning during the 1940s; about the cherished myth of Ruggles as a composer in communion with the "timeless"; about Ives's status as a pioneer of modernist techniques. Drew Massey is an assistant professor of music at Binghamton University.
John Kirkpatrick, American Music, and the Printed Page