Seeger, Charles

Seeger, Charles (Louis, Jr.)

(1886–1979) ethnomusicologist, composer, teacher; born in Mexico City, Mexico. A Harvard graduate (1908), he taught at schools including the Institute of Musical Art in New York (1921–33), the New School for Social Research (1931–35), and the University of California: Los Angeles (1957–61), and was an administrator of the Works Projects Administration Music Project (1938–40). His studies in folk music and his field collecting helped inspire a generation of folk music performers and scholars, among them his children Pete, Peggy, and Mike. He was married to composer Ruth Crawford.
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