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American Music Guildlocked

  • R. Allen Lott

Organization formed in New York in 1921 to encourage serious efforts in composition by American composers. Its founding members, Marion Bauer, Louis Gruenberg, Sandor Harmati, Charles Haubiel, Frederick Jacobi, A. Walter Kramer, Harold Morris, Albert Stoessel, and Deems Taylor, first met informally to listen to each other’s works and offer criticism. From 1922 until 1924 they presented public and private concerts, performing their own works as well as those of Carpenter, Griffes, Loeffler, Daniel Gregory Mason, John Powell, Sowerby, and others.


  • C.D. McNaughton: Albert Stoessel, American Musician (diss., New York U., 1957) [contains list of programs given by the guild]
  • C.J. Oja: Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s (New York, 2000)
  • A.M. Lien: Against the Grain: Modernism and the American Art Song, 1900–1950 (diss., U. of California, Davis, 2002)