TITLE: Ruth Crawford Seeger, Modernist Composer in the Folk Revival: Biography as Music History
SPEAKER: Judith Tick
EVENT DATE: 03/26/2008
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 68 minutes
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In the first of a Music Division lecture series presenting members of the American Musicological Society who have completed research in the division's unique collections, Judith Tick discusses aspects of her work on composer Ruth Crawford Seeger. She introduces Seeger's training as a musician and composer, her work collecting folk songs and her role as wife and mother. In Tick's words, "As life and art intertwine, so biographical narrative illuminates the history of culture."
Speaker Biography: Judith Tick is the Matthews Distinguished Professor in the Department of Music at Northeastern University. A music historian specializing in women's history and American music, her biography of Ruth Crawford Seeger, "Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music," is the first full-scale biography of an American female composer.