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Modern music, the quarterly journal of the League of Composers, was published in New York from 1924 to 1946 and was edited by Minna Lederman Daniel. Initially the title was the League of Composers' review. In 1925 the name was changed to Modern music. It is one of the most distinguished collections of criticism and scholarship concerning early twentieth-century musical arts.

From the description of Modern music archives, 1910-1984 (bulk 1924-1983). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71129980

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  • 1923: League of Composers founded in New York League of Composers seceded from Edgard Varèse's International Composers' Guild
  • 1923 Fall: Idea for League of Composers journal was conceived
  • 1924 Feb.: First issue of League of Composers' Review published with "intent to rouse the public out of a somnolent tolerance to a live appreciation of the new in music"
  • 1925 Nov.: Title changed to Modern Music
  • 1931 Nov.: Modern Music published A Guide to Wozzeck by Willi Reich
  • 1944 July: Modern Music and League of Composers moved into New York City Center offices Magazine staff comprised of: Minna Lederman, editor; Frani Muser, managing editor; Joel Lifflander, technical director; Donald Fuller, joined later as assistant editor
  • 1944 Sept.: Claire Reis withdrew as fundraising chairperson for Modern Music
  • 1945: Modern Music received grants for 1946 operation costs from Ditson Fund, Wyman Fund, Guggenheim Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation
  • 1946: Magazine board formed (independent of League of Composers) Circulation passed 3000 mark
  • 1947, Jan. 11 - 13 : Modern Music ceased publication G. Schirmer offered to take over publication of Modern Music Schirmer agreed to finance publication of index to Modern Music's twenty-three volumes (never completed)
  • 1952: Willi Reich's A Guide to Wozzeck reprinted
  • circa 1953 - 1954 : League of Composers merged with International Society for Contemporary Music
  • 1965: Complete set of Modern Music reprinted by AMS Press
  • 1975: Modern Music Archives deposited at Library of Congress
  • 1976: Modern Music, Published by the League of Composers, 1924-1946 : An Analytic Index, published by AMS Press; compiled by Wayne D. Shirley of the Library of Congress; edited by William and Carolyn Lichtenwanger
  • 1984: The Life and Death of a Small Magazine (Modern Music, 1924-1946) written by Minna Lederman; published by Institute for Studies in American Music

From the guide to the Modern Music Archives, 1909-1983, (bulk 1924-1983), (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Reis, Claire R. (Claire Raphael),. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 30, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Davison Fund, inc. Archives, 1930-1942. Rockefeller Archive Center
referencedIn League of Composers/ISCM records, 1906-2009, 1923-2009 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Modern Music Archives, 1909-1983, (bulk 1924-1983) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990. Reminiscences of Aaron Copland : oral history, 1976. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Berezowsky, Nicolai, 1900-1953. Nicolai Berezowsky papers, 1893-1954. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Minna Lederman Daniel Collection, 1896-1993, (bulk 1960-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Lederman, Minna. Minna Lederman Daniel collection, 1896-1993 (bulk 1960-1990). Library of Congress
creatorOf Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977. Leopold Stokowski papers, 1916-1994. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Reis, Claire Raphael, 1888-1978. Reminiscences of Claire Raphael Reis: oral history, 1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf League of Composers (U.S.). Modern music archives, 1910-1984 (bulk 1924-1983). Library of Congress
creatorOf Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990. Statements : 1933-35 / Aaron Copland. Library of Congress
creatorOf International Society for Contemporary Music. League of Composers/ISCM records, 1906-2009 (bulk 1923-2009). New York Public Library System, NYPL
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Antheil, George, 1900-1959 person
associatedWith Berezowsky, Nicolai, 1900-1953. person
correspondedWith Berg, Alban, 1885-1935 person
associatedWith Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. person
associatedWith Breton, André, 1896-1966. person
associatedWith Caruso, Enrico, 1873-1921. person
correspondedWith Chanler, Theodore, 1902-1961 person
associatedWith Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990. person
correspondedWith Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965 person
correspondedWith Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995 person
associatedWith Davison Fund, inc. corporateBody
associatedWith Denby, Edwin, 1903-1983. person
correspondedWith Ewen, David, 1907-1985 person
associatedWith Gruenberg, Louis, 1884-1964 person
associatedWith Heinsich, Richard. person
associatedWith Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 person
associatedWith International Society for Contemporary Music. corporateBody
correspondedWith Jacobi, Frederick, 1891-1952 person
associatedWith Kirstein, Lincoln, 1907-1996. person
associatedWith Lederman, Minna. person
associatedWith Lederman, Minna. Life and death of a small magazine (Modern music, 1924-1946 person
associatedWith Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 person
associatedWith Picasso, Pablo, 1881-1973. person
correspondedWith Piston, Walter, 1894-1976 person
associatedWith Reis, Claire R. person
associatedWith Reis, Claire Raphael, 1888-1978. person
associatedWith Reis, Claire R. (Claire Raphael), person
correspondedWith Rosenfeld, Paul, 1890-1946 person
correspondedWith Saminsky, Lazare, 1882-1959 person
correspondedWith Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951 person
correspondedWith Shapero, Harold, 1920- person
associatedWith Smirnoff, Boris, 1893?-1976. person
correspondedWith Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 person
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