Ruth Crawford's Spiritual Concept: The Sound-Ideals of an Early American Modernist, 1924-1930

  title={Ruth Crawford's Spiritual Concept: The Sound-Ideals of an Early American Modernist, 1924-1930},
  author={Judith Tick},
  journal={Journal of the American Musicological Society},
  • J. Tick
  • Published 1 July 1991
  • Art
  • Journal of the American Musicological Society
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