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7 These dichotomies in the new styles of European music and art, and a growing affinity for dialectic, explain the appeal of avant-garde 46 Charles Seeger musical concepts for Seeger. 8 Juxtaposition was accompanied by simultanism, by which "the mutually conflicting elements of montage . . " Simultanism, synchronicity (the coincidence of events in space and time as an interdependence of objective events among themselves), and superposition (imposing or enforcing juxtaposition of parts) were key elements.
Those diagrams, he claimed, contributed to his later turn from composition to musicology; he could not separate talking about music from making music. This love affair portended the complicated romantic relationships that Seeger seemed to cultivate throughout his life. He and his new love left for Paris, where he met his college mate Ned Sheldon, who invited them to dinner. " Despite the presence of Seeger's girlfriend, Seeger and Doro managed a few evenings of dinner and the theater together. " She would write the libretto and Seeger would compose the music.
Gas jets under ground-glass globes were used in the halls, bathrooms and kitchen. But meaning most to me, at the time, was escape from the Little Lord Fauntleroy ideals of my dear mother. Imagine, nowadays, a boy of four or five taking a Sunday walk with his parents, dressed in a long coat with white fur wristbands and collar, kid gloves, a cane, and a large round-brim felt hat crowned with a cascade of ostrich feathers in two colors and tied under his chin with a three-inch satin ribbon! There was long hair, in sausagelike curls down to the shoulders until my sixth birthday.