Walter Simmons
Voices in the Wilderness: Six American Neo-Romantic Composers 
Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0-8108-4884-8
January 28, 2004
384pp, Cloth
1. Introduction 
2. Ernest Bloch
Most representative, Fulle Realized Works
Early Works : First European Period (1901-1906)
Maturity : First European Period (1909-1916)
Maturity : New York Period (1916-1919)
Maturity : Cleveland Period (1020-1925)
Maturity : San Francisco Period (1925-1929)
Maturity : Second European Period (1930-1939)
Later Maturity : Oregon Period (1939-1959)
Selected Bibliography
Essentian Discography
3. Howard Hanson
4. Vittorio Giannini
5. Paul Creston
6. Samuel Barber
7. Nicolas Flagello

About the Author

Voices in the Wilderness challenges the widely accepted view of American musical history that assumes that those American composers who were not concerned with the Modernist rejection of traditional tonality and tonal organization or the impact of jazz and other vernacular approaches on American musical language were simply isolated exceptions of little importance to the primary trends of American classical music. Instead, Simmons argues that these "exceptions" included figures of considerable merit and creativity, whose bodies of work are comparable in expressive power, individuality, and craftsmanship to the revered masters of the past.

Here, Simmons examines those composers whose styles maintain continuity with the values and principles developed during the 19th century, specifically: Ernest Bloch, Howard Hanson, Vittorio Giannini, Paul Creston, Samuel Barber, and Nicolas Flagello. The six composers chosen are each presented through a biographical overview, followed by a comprehensive assessment of their bodies of work. Each composer's musical output is discussed according to its stylistic origins and affinities with other composers, phases or periods of development, as well as strengths and weaknesses. Each chapter concludes with a discography of essential recordings.

Simmons's book will be useful to students and scholars who wish to delve beneath the surface of twentieth-century American musical history, as well as to concert goers and record collectors who are interested in broadening their knowledge and appreciation of this aspect of the repertoire. No musical notation is used, and technical terms are avoided as much as possible but explained when practical.

About The Author
Walter Simmons is a musicologist and critic. He received the National Educational Film Festival Award and the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for music criticism. He has contributed to the New Grove Dictionary of American Music, American National Biography, and scores of publications including Fanfare, Music Journal, and Musical America.