The ACA Bulletins 1938-1965

The ACA Bulletin Magazine was published in 13 volumes, from 1938 through 1965. Articles, composer portraits, and record reviews were published with modern art covers, and featured the works and writings of many interesting and important American composers of the twentieth century. A table of contents for all issues is listed below. Reprints are available from ACA in PDF format upon request.

Vol. 3.3 (1953) Otto LueningVol. 3.3 (1953) Otto LueningVol. 7.1 (1964)Vol. 7.1 (1964)Vol. 10.3 (1962) George Perle, Gordon BinkerdVol. 10.3 (1962) George Perle, Gordon BinkerdVol. 5.1 (1955)Vol. 5.1 (1955)John Becker, Paul PiskVol. 9.1 (1959)John Becker, Paul Pisk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Volume

Number

Season/Month

Year

Author  

Articles/Essays

Page Number

Contents

Notes of interest

1

1

April

1938

 

 

 

Includes letter from the temporary executive committee; aims of the ACA;  ACA activities;  a listing of current ACA members

 

1

2

December

1938

 

 

 

Includes a statement concerning ASCAP; ACA and the federal music project; and ACA activities

 

2

1

February

1952

Bauer, Marion

Shocktaking--1952

2

 

 

2

1

February

1952

Carter, Elliott

Wallingford Riegger

3

 

 

2

1

February

1952

Billings, William

Untaxable Culture

6

 

 

2

1

February

1952

Simon, Bill

American Recording Society

7

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Luening, Otto

Roger Goeb

2

Includes a Repertoire of Roger Goeb Compositions

photograph of John Cage

2

2

June

1952

Glanville-Hicks, Peggy

The Composers' Forum

6

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Haverlin, Carl

Concert Music, U.S.A.

7

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Cowell, Henry

The American Composers Alliance

8

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Thomson, Virgil

The Abstract Composers (John Cage)

9

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Cage, John

Words for Prepared Discourse

11

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Bricken, Carl

The Louisville Idea

14

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Stevens, Halsey

The Los Angeles Scene

15

 

 

2

2

June

1952

Ward, Robert

Experiment Set to Music

16

 

 

2

3

October

1952

Daniel, Oliver

Alan Hovhaness

3

Includes a Repertoire of Hovhaness compositions; an obituary for Rossetter Gleason Cole

 

2

3

October

1952

Kerr, Harrison

Music in the Southwest

9

 

 

2

3

October

1952

Harrison, Lou

Music for the Modern Dance

11

 

 

2

3

October

1952

Riegger, Wallingford

State of Dissonance

13

 

 

2

3

October

1952

Stevens, Halsey

Los Angeles Scene

20

 

 

2

3

October

1952

Kay, Ulysses

The Roman Seasons

21

 

 

2

3

October

1952

Lockwood, Normand

Carillon Crow

23

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Daniel, Oliver

A Laurel Leaf for Stokowski

2

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Cazden, Norman

Synthetic Languages for the Composer

8

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Harrison, Jay S.

Talent Union

11

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Biggs, E. Power

From Baroque to Modern

12

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Kerr, Harrison

Radio in the Southwest

14

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Bauer, Marion

Antonio Lora's Songs

16

 

 

2

4

Winter

1952-53

Berger, Arthur

Music Written for Tape Recording

17

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Glanville-Hicks, Peggy

Arthur Berger

2

Includes a list of Berger Compositions

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Daniel, Oliver

Alchemy by Stokowski

6

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Glanville-Hicks, Peggy

Music in the Making at Cooper Union

8

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Stein, Leon

Chicago Commentary

10

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Stevens, Halsey

Los Angeles Scene

11

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Fischer, Irwin

Steeltown Symphony

12

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Kay, Ulysses

Stimulus for Talent

13

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Daniel, Oliver

New Recordings

14

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Vrionides, Christos

Music for the Community Orchestra

28

 

 

3

1

Spring

1953

Hewitt, Harry

Of Time and Space

31

 

 

3

2

Summer

1953

Skulsky, Abraham

Elliott Carter

2

Includes a Chronological List of Carter Works, with reviews

 

3

2

Summer

1953

Carter, Elliott

Illinois Festival--Enormous and Active

17

 

 

3

2

Summer

1953

Pisk, Paul A.

In Texas

18

 

 

3

2

Summer

1953

Franco, Johan

Alabama Bound

19

 

 

3

2

Summer

1953

Shavin, Norman

Music Guaranteed

20

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Beeson, Jack

Otto Luening

2

Includes a Repertoire of Otto Luening Compositions

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Glanville-Hicks, Peggy

"Les Six de Jazz"

9

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Ussachevsky, Vladimir A.

As Europe Takes to Tape

10

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Gradenwitz, Peter

Experiments in Sound

12

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Phelps, Stowe C.

A Lot of Night Music

14

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Kay, Ulysses

Ah, Roma!

16

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Kerr, Harrison

The University and Recordings

20

 

 

3

3

Autumn

1953

Clarke, Henry Leland

On Words and Music

22

 

 

3

4

Winter

1953-54 

Thomson, Virgil

By Weight and Volume

2

Includes a Catalog of Henry Cowell Compositions

 

3

4

Winter

1953-54  

Gerschefski, Edwin

  Henry Cowell

3

 

 

3

4

Winter

1953-54  

Harrison, Jay S.

Cowell: Peck's Bad Boy of Music

5

 

 

3

4

Winter

1953-54

Daniel, Oliver

A Laurel Leaf for the Green Bay Symphonette

17

 

 

3

4

Winter

1953-54

Ward, Robert

Nicolai Berezowsky

20

 

 

4

1

 

1954

Antheil, George

Peggy Glanville-Hicks

2

Includes works by Peggy Glanville-Hicks

Photograph of Peggy Glanville-Hicks. Cover Design by: Ahmed Ben Driss El Yacoubi.

4

1

 

1954

Harmon, Carter

Return of Ulysses

10

 

 

4

1

 

1954

Lockwood, Norman

Southern Exposure

 

 

 

4

1

 

1954

Avshalomov, Jacob

The Children's Hour

15

 

 

4

1

 

1954

Downes, Olin

Charles Ives

17

An obituary of Mr. Ives

 

4

1

 

1954

Thomson, Virgil

The Roman Festival

18

 

 

4

2

 

1954

Pisk, Paul A.

Halsey Stevens

2

Includes a list of Compositions by Halsey Stevens

Photograph of Halsey Stevens. Cover design by: Carl Malouf

4

2

 

1954

Daniel, Oliver

New Recordings

14

 

 

4

2

 

1954

Mills, Charles

Unities and Diversities

22

 

 

4

3

 

1955

Grunfeld, Frederic

Charles Ives--Yankee Rebel

2

 

Photograph of Charles Ives. Taken by: Frank Gerratana

4

3

 

1955

Hall, David

American Concert Music and the Record Industry--a personal view

10

Includes a Chronological List of the Compositions of Charles Edward Ives

 

4

3

 

1955

Brant, Henry

Uses of Antiphonal Distribution and Polyphony of Tempi in Composing

13

 

 

4

3

 

1955

Daniel, Oliver

Information Department

16

 

 

4

3

 

1955

 

A Catalogue of Works by American Composers on L P Records

18

 

 

4

4

 

1955

Stambler, Bernard

Robert Ward

3

Includes a Catalogue of Compositions: Robert Ward

 

4

4

 

1955

Ringo, James

Incidental Music in the Theatre

12

 

 

4

4

 

1955

Clarke, Henry Leland

Fresh Relationships in Music

22

 

 

4

4

 

1955

Hively, Wells

Music in Brussels

23

 

 

4

4

 

1955

Jones, Lee

"Music Through the Night"

25

 

 

4

4

 

1955

Daniel, Oliver

Information Department

28

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Glanville-Hicks, Peggy

Olin Downs (1886-1955)

2

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Daniel, Oliver

The New Festival

3

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Pisk, Paul A.

Modern Music in Texas

10

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Clafin, Avery

Introducing Composers Recordings, Inc

11

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Daniel, Oliver

Music Festivals Al Fresco

12

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Hall, David

Record Companies & The American Composer

13

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Truax, Carol

Music in the Mountains

24

 

 

5

1

 

1955

Franco, Johan

Southern Regional Composers' Forum

24

 

 

5

2

 

1955

O'Hara, Frank

About Ben Weber

3

Includes a Catalog of Compositions: Ben Weber

 

5

2

 

1955

Kay, Ulysses

I Hear Ya Talkin'

9

 

 

5

2

 

1955

Morton, Lawrence

The Critick Criticiz'd

10

 

 

5

2

 

1955

Lang, Paul Henry

A "Don't Buy American" Art

12

 

 

5

2

 

1955

Ringo, James

Collaborations in Music

13

 

 

5

2

 

1955

Hively, Wells

An American Composer in Spain

15

 

 

5

3

 

1956

Bergsma, William

The Music of Jacob Avshalomov

3

Includes a Catalog of Compositions: Jacob Avshalomov

Photograph of Jacob Avshalomov.

5

3

 

1956

Hall, David

Scandinavian Music in the U.S.A.

11

 

 

5

3

 

1956

Franco, Johan

Music in the Southwest

12

 

 

5

3

 

1956

Grant, Parks

Festival at Mississippi Southern College

13

 

 

5

3

 

1956

Issacs, Edith J.R.

I Married a Musician

14

 

 

5

3

 

1956

Hagan, R.H.

The Louisville-Rockefeller Works in the Contemporary American Scene

15

 

 

5

3

 

1956

Elwell, Herbert

Riegger's Modesty Fails to Conceal his Greatness

23

 

 

5

4

 

1956

Frankenstein, Alfred

Richard Donovan

2

Includes a Catalog of Compositions: Richard Donovan; A list of "Summer Music" compiled by Carol Truax and Phyllis Heywood

 

5

4

 

1956

Claflin, Avery

Even with No Fifth Symphonies for Sale

8

 

 

5

4

 

1956

Goldberg, Albert

The Right to Compose

9

 

 

5

4

 

1956

Kohs, Ellis B.

An Open Letter to Albert Goldberg

10

 

 

5

4

 

1956

Truax, Carol

Report of ACA-Sponsored Concerts

11

 

 

5

4

 

1956

Franco, Johan

Seventh Annual Regional Composers' Forum

14

 

 

6

1

Autumn

1956

Kohs, Ellis B.

Thoughts From the Workbench

3

Includes a listing of Principal Works: Ellis B. Kohs

 

6

1

Autumn

1956

Truax, Carol

Summer Blue Plate Specials

8

 

 

6

1

Autumn

1956

Sankey, Stuart

On the Notation of Harmonics for the Double Bass

9

 

 

6

1

Autumn

1956

Laufer, Beatrice

Problems on Writing an Opera and Some Afterthoughts

11

 

 

6

1

Autumn

1956

from the New Yorker

Lament

13

 

 

6

1

Autumn

1956

Ringo, James

Jokes, Portraits and Collages

21

 

 

6

2

 

1957

 

George Antheil on Tom Scott

3

Includes a Catalog of Compositions: Tom Scott; a list of First Performances of works by ACA members since the last issue

 

6

2

 

1957

Ringo, James

Some Notes on Tom Scott's Music

4

 

 

6

2

 

1957

Foss, Lukas

Does Cotemporary Music Really Profit From Performances by Community Orchestras?

13

 

 

6

2

 

1957

Harrison, Lou

A Prospectus for Musicians

14

 

 

6

2

 

1957

Riegger, Wallingford

Discovering the Orchestra Conductor

15

 

 

6

2

 

1957

Grant, Parks and Poteet, Ewing

Contemporary Music in Louisiana

16

 

 

6

3

 

1957

Boatwright, Howard

Quincy Porter

2

Includes Principal works: Quincy Porter; an editorial entitled: "New York Critics and the City of Brass"; letters to the editor; Discs and Reviews 1955-1956

Photograph of Quincy Porter.

6

3

 

1957

Jones, Charles

Summers in Aspen (1951-1957)

8

 

 

6

3

 

1957

Goeb, Roger

Problems of Our Time in Music: "The Great Performance"

12

 

 

6

3

 

1957

Lang, Paul Henry

Ecstatics and Alchemists

14

 

 

6

3

 

1957

Newlin, Dika

In Memoriam: Erich Itor Kahn (Retrospect and Prospect)

15

 

 

6

4

 

1957

Lynn, George

Normand Lockwood and Choral Music

3

Includes a list of Principal Works: Normand Lockwood; a letter to the editor; a list of First Performances compiled by Dona Jean Hill

 

6

4

 

1957

McDowell, John

A Note on Several Facets of Normand Lockwood's Music

7

 

 

6

4

 

1957

Glanville-Hicks, Peggy

Some Reflections on Opera: Rolf Liebermann, Man of the Theatre

12

 

 

6

4

 

1957

Goeb, Roger

Problems of Our Time in Music: A Plea

16

 

 

7

1

Fall

1957

Slonimsky, Nicolas

Ulysses Kay

3

Includes a list of works by Ulysses Kay

Photograph of Ulysses Kay. Photograph taken by: Raoul Cleveland.

7

1

Fall

1957

Goeb, Roger

Problems of Our Time in Music: "Dissonance"

12

 

 

7

1

Fall

1957

Farberman, Harold

On Percussion

14

 

 

7

2

 

1958

Rochberg, George

Hugo Weisgall

2

Includes a list of works by Hugo Weisgall

 

7

2

 

1958

Ringo, James

The Lure of the Orient

8

 

 

7

2

 

1958

Bacon, Ernest

Toward a Musical Home-Rule

13

 

 

7

2

 

1958

Lincoln, Stoddard

The Harpsichord on the Contemporary Scene: Roots for a Tradition

18

 

 

7

3

 

1958

Cowell, Henry

A Word On Adolph Weiss

2

Includes a short list of works by Adolf Weiss; a list of songs available through ACA

Photograph of Adolph Weiss. Photograph taken by Alfred Carlson

7

3

 

1958

Parris, Robert

A Composer Reports from Washington

7

 

 

7

3

 

1958

Hill, Dona Jean

American Song: An Introduction

10

 

 

7

3

 

1958

Heath, Andrew

Music of the Future: An Open Letter to Audiences

16

 

 

7

4

 

1958

Perle, George

The Music of Miram Gideon

2

Includes Miriam Gideon: List of Works; John Verrall: List of Works; A List of American Operas; a letter to the editor

Photographs of Miriam Gideon and John Verrall

7

4

 

1958

Beale, James

The Music of John Verrall

10

 

 

7

4

 

1958

Forte, Allen

A Criterion of a Modern Libretto

16

 

 

7

4

 

1958

Machlis, Joseph

The Libretto Problem

17

 

 

8

1

 

1958

Riegger, Wallingford

The Music of Vivian Fine

2

Includes Vivian Fine: List of Works; Robert McBride: List of Works

 

8

1

 

1958

Humphrey, Doris

Music for an American Dance

4

 

 

8

1

 

1958

McKelvey, Nat

Robert McBride: Practical Music Maker

7

 

 

8

1

 

1958

Franco, Johan

The Composer and the Carillon

14

 

 

8

1

 

1958

Gauntlett, Helen

A Laurel Leaf for Thor Johnson

15

 

 

8

2

 

1959

Haufrecht, Herbert

The Writings of Norman Cazden: Composer and Musicologist

2

Includes Norman Cazden: List of Works; Harrison Kerr: List of Works

 

8

2

 

1959

Ringer, Alexander

Harrison Kerr: Composer and Educator

10

 

 

8

2

 

1959

Masonson, Norman

Some Views of Subsidy

17

 

 

8

3

 

1959

Kayden, Mildred

The Music of Herman Berlinski

2

Includes Herman Berlinski: List of Works; Johan Franco: List of Works

 

8

3

 

1959

Hoskins, William

Johan Franco: The Music and the Man

9

 

 

8

3

 

1959

Kay, Ulysses

Impressions of the Soviet Musical Scene

17

 

 

8

3

 

1959

Johnson, Lockrem

How to Become a Famous Composer

18

 

 

8

4

 

1959

Cazden, Norman

Herbert Haufrecht: The Composer and the Man

2

Includes Herbert Haufrecht: List of Works; Lockrem Johnson: List of Works

Photographs of Lockrem Johnson and Herbert Haufrecht. Photographs taken by: Robert Bailey and Herbert Haufrecht.

8

4

 

1959

Freed, Arnold

Lockrem Johnson: Conservative Rebel

12

 

 

8

4

 

1959

Ward, Robert

Laurel Leaf, 1959

18

 

 

8

4

 

1959

Terry, Walter

Laurel Leaf, 1959 for Martha Graham

18

 

 

8

4

 

1959

Nelson, Chris

Laurel Leaf, 1959 for Howard Mitchell

19

 

 

8

4

 

1959

Colgrass, Michael

Fear and the Creative Process

21

 

 

9

1

 

1959

Riegger, Wallingford

John J. Becker

2

Includes John Becker: List of Works; Paul Pisk: List of Works

 

9

1

 

1959

Kennan, Kent

Paul A. Pisk

7

 

 

9

1

 

1959

Buketoff, Igor

They Hated Contemporary Music in Fort Wayne

16

 

 

9

1

 

1959

Haufrecht, Herbert

Delinquent Composers and Juveniles

18

 

 

9

2

 

1960

Yates, Paul

Lou Harrison

2

Includes Lou Harrison: List of Works; Erich Itor Kahn: List of Works

 

9

2

 

1960

Smith, Russell

Erich Itor Kahn

8

 

 

9

2

 

1960

 

The Newest "New Festival" (an Updating)

13

This is "A Discography of Music by Alliance Composers"

 

9

3

 

1960

Verrall, John

Henry Leland Clarke

2

Includes Clarke: A List of Works; A tribute to Wallinford Riegger, including a list of his works and a discography; and part 2 of the Newest  "New Festival" continued from the last issue.

 

9

3

 

1960

Riegger, Wallingford

For a Department of Fine Arts

12

 

 

9

3

 

1960

Becker, John J.

Wallingford Riegger

13

 

 

9

3

 

1960

Cowell, Henry

A Note on Wallingford Riegger

14

 

 

9

3

 

1960

Goldman, Richard Franko

The Music of Wallingford Riegger

15

 

 

9

4

 

1961

Slonimsky, Nicolas

Chou Wen-Chung

2

Includes a tribute to John J. Becker; Chou: Catalogue of Works; the announcment of 6 new members; Flanagan: Catalogue of Works

 

9

4

 

1961

Albee, Edward and Rorem, Ned

William Flanagan

12, 13

 

 

10

1

 

1961

McRae, Donald

Edwin Gerschefski

1

Includes Gerchefski: List of Works; Pinkham: List of Works

 

10

1

 

1961

Smith, Warren Storey

Daniel Pinkham

9

 

 

10

2

May

1962

Goeb, Roger

A Revision of the U.S. Copyright Law

14

A Special Commemorative Issue: Includes the introduction of 4 New American Operas. Nausicaa: Peggy Glanville-Hicks, The Crucible: Robert Ward, The Juggler of Our Lady: Ulysses Kay, and The Brute: Lawrence Moss.

Photographs appear on pages 2-6 and 8-13. Not all attributed.

10

2

May

1962

Frakenstein, Alfred

Ives's Concord Sonata

17

 

 

10

3

September

1962

Hagan, Dorothy Veinus

Gordon Binkerd

1

Includes Gordon Binkerd: List of Works; George Perle: List of Works; and an editoral by Charles Whittenberg.

 

10

3

September

1962

Weinberg, Henry

The Music of George Perle

6

 

 

10

3

September

1962

Bailey, Marshall

Duodecuple Notation

12

 

 

10

4

December

1962

Wolff, Konrad

Dika Newlin

1

Includes Dika Newlin: List of Works; Hall Overton: List of Works;

 

10

4

December

1962

Cohen, David

The Music of Hall Overton

8

 

 

10

4

December

1962

Custer, Arthur

Odon Alonso: Today's Music Today

13

 

 

11

1

June

1963

Johnson, Thomas

American Orchestras and American Music

2

 

 

11

1

June

1963

Stein, Leon

A Composer's Credo

4

 

 

11

1

June

1963

Whittenberg, Charles

Ussachevsky's Film Music

5

 

 

11

1

June

1963

Flanagan, William

How to Succeed in Composing Without Really Succeeding

6

 

 

11

1

June

1963

Buchwald, Art

When the Chips are Down Composer Can't Bank on Getting a Loan

9

 

 

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Copland, Aaron

A Quarter-Century Reflection

1

This is the 25th Anniversary Issue, which includes: birthday greetings from ACA members.

Photographs of members on pages 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17.

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Ward, Robert

The American Composers Alliance Who? What? How?

4

 

 

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Morton, Lawrence

Letter to the Editor

9

 

 

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Newlin, Dika

25 Years of ACA-Highlights and Recollections

10

 

 

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Wuorinen, Charles

Some Younger Members of ACA

14

 

 

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Luening, Otto

Notes From my Diary

16

 

 

11

2,3,4

December

1963

Hall, David

CRI: A Sonic Showcase for the American Composer

21

 

 

12

1

Spring

1964

Strongin, Theodore

Composers on Main Street

1

Includes Lionel Nowak: List of Works; Henry Brant: List of Works; a list of new members; an obituary of Colin McPhee

 

12

1

Spring

1964

Weinberg, Henry

George Perle's "Serial, Composition and Atonality"

11

 

 

13

1

 

1965

Gideon, Miriam

The Music of Mark Brunswick

1

Includes Mark Brunswick: List of Works; ACA welcomes new members; reprints of compositions by Mark Brunswick.

Photograph of Mark Brunswick, not attributed: page 1.