Modernists: Seeger, Bonds, Copland

The most recent piece addressed in this chapter is from 1948. Why do we still use the term “modern” to
describe some works that are over 50 (or in some cases, nearly 100) years old? Select one of the required
listening examples, and discuss why the work is “modern.” Required listenings: “Chinaman, Laundryman”
by Nan Hughes, mezzo-soprano; Joel Sachs, piano, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” by Darryl Taylor,
“Moring on the
Ranch” by New Philharmonia Orchestra

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