Charles Louis Seeger, Jr. (December 14, 1886 – February 7, 1979) was an American musicologist, composer, and teacher. He was the father of the American folk singers Pete Seeger
Pete Seeger
(1919–2014), Peggy Seeger
Peggy Seeger
(b. 1935), and Mike Seeger (1933-2009); and brother of the World War I poet Alan Seeger
Alan Seeger


1 Life and career 2 Family 3 Contributions 4 References 5 Further reading 6 External links

Life and career[edit] Seeger was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to American parents Elsie Simmons (née Adams) and Charles Louis Seeger. Seeger graduated from Harvard University
Harvard University
in 1908, then studied in Cologne, Germany and conducted with the Cologne
Opera.[1][dead link] Upon discovering a hearing impairment, he left Europe to take a position as Professor of Music at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught from 1912 to 1916 before being dismissed for his public opposition to U.S. entry into World War I. His brother Alan Seeger
Alan Seeger
was killed in action on July 4, 1916, while serving as a member of the French Foreign Legion. Charles Seeger
Charles Seeger
then took a position at Juilliard before teaching at the Institute of Musical Art
Institute of Musical Art
in New York from 1921 to 1933 and the New School for Social Research from 1931 to 1935. Among Seeger's many specific interests were prescriptive and descriptive music writing[2] and determining the definition of what is meant by singing style.[3] Along with composer Henry Cowell, ethnomusicologist George Herzog, Helen Heffron Roberts and Dorothy Lawton of the New York Public Library, Seeger was a founding member of the American Society for Comparative Musicology in 1933, the parent organization of the American Library of Musicology (ALM). Seeger envisioned the short-lived ALM as a publisher of music-related resources, but the it ceased to exist by 1936.[4][5] In 1936, he was in Washington, DC, working as a technical advisor to the Music Unit of the Special
Skills Division of the Resettlement Administration (later renamed the Farm Security Administration).[6] From 1957 to 1961, he taught at the University of California Los Angeles. From 1961 to 1971 he was a research professor at the Institute of Ethnomusicology
at UCLA. In 1949–50 he was Visiting Professor of the Theory of Music in the School of Music at Yale University. From 1935 to 1953 he held positions in the federal government's Resettlement Administration, Works Projects Administration (WPA), and Pan American Union, including serving as an administrator for the WPA's Federal Music Project, for which his wife also worked, from 1938 to 1940. Seeger died on February 7, 1979 in Bridgewater, Connecticut. He was buried at the Springfield Cemetery in Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield, Massachusetts
along with his second wife.[7] Family[edit] His first wife was Constance de Clyver Edson, a classical violinist and teacher; they divorced in 1927.[8] They had three sons, Charles III (1912–2002), who was an astronomer,[9] John (1914–2010), an educator,[10] and Pete (1919–2014), a folk singer. His second wife was the composer and musician Ruth Seeger (née Ruth Porter Crawford); by her, he had four children Mike Seeger (1933–2009), Peggy Seeger (b. 1935), and another two daughters, Barbara and Penny Seeger.[9] His grandson, Anthony Seeger (b. 1945), is an anthropologist and professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California Los Angeles.[11] Contributions[edit] He is known, among other reasons, for his formulation of dissonant counterpoint.[12] According to the ethnomusicologist Bruno Nettl, "Seeger played a unique and central role in tying musicology to other disciplines and domains of culture. This collection shows him to be truly a musical 'man for all seasons,' for what comes across most is the many-sidedness of the man."[13] References[edit]

^ Capaldi, Jim, "Folk Scene: Charles Seeger" Archived May 17, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. obituary April 1979 ^ Seeger, Charles (April 1958). "Prescriptive and Descriptive Music Writing". The Musical Quarterly. pp. 184–195.  ^ Seeger, Charles (1958). "Singing Style". Western Folklore. pp. 3–12.  ^ Pescatello, Ann M. (1992). Charles Seeger: A Life in American Music. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. pp. 120–122. ISBN 0-8229-3713-1.  ^ Frisbie, Charlotte J. (Winter 1989). "Helen Heffron Roberts (1888–1985): A Tribute". Ethnomusicology. University of Illinois Press on behalf of Society for Ethnomusicology. 33 (1): 97–111. JSTOR 852171. (Subscription required (help)).  ^ Stone, Peter, Sidney and Henry Cowell, Association for Cultural Equity ^ "Charles Louis Seeger, Jr., Find A Grave". Retrieved October 19, 2017.  ^ New York Times, December 19, 1911 wedding announcement. ^ a b Obituary: Charles Seeger
Charles Seeger
III, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 September 2002. Retrieved on May 2, 2009. ^ Seeger family crest and name history. Retrieved on June 21, 2009. ^ "Anthony Seeger Bio". UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, Department of Ethnomusicology. Retrieved 6 October 2017.  ^ Spilker, John D., "Substituting a New Order": Dissonant Counterpoint, Henry Cowell, and the network of ultra-modern composers Archived August 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., PhD dissertation, Florida State University, 2010. ^ Bell Yung and Helen Rees, eds., Understanding Charles Seeger, Pioneer in Musicology (University of Illinois Press, 1999). (publisher's page on the book Archived October 18, 2004, at the Wayback Machine.)

Further reading[edit]

Pescatello, Ann M.,"Charles (Louis) Seeger", Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, ed. L. Macy (Accessed December 12, 2006) Pescatello, Ann M., Charles Seeger: a life in American music, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1992 Seeger, Charles, Studies in musicology, 1935–1975, Berkeley : University of California Press, 1977. ISBN 0-520-02000-6

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