Aaron Copland: A Reader: Selected Writings, 1923-1972

Aaron Copland: A Reader: Selected Writings, 1923-1972

by Richard Kostelanetz, Steve Silverman
First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Universally recognized as America's most popular classical composer, Copland was also a prolific writer and critic. His well-known music appreciation text, What To Listen for in Music (1957), became an instant classic, owing in part to his uncanny ability to speak directly to the "common listener" through plain and unaffected language. In the present collection, Kostelanetz (editor, Conversations with Cage) offers four chapters from that landmark book, as well as a generous sampling of Copland's prose spanning nearly 60 years. The text is organized by subject rather than by chronology: the chapters include "Musical Experience," "The Life of Music," "Contemporaries," "His Own Works," and "Personal." As always, Copland's prescience regarding his fellow composers and their music is remarkable, and readers will be struck by his keen intelligence, fair-mindedness, breadth of vision, and self-deprecating humor. Particularly illuminating is the short "Personal" section, which contains some previously unpublished letters. The surprisingly short and incomplete bibliography and the lack of an index or list of works are unfortunate shortcomings. Nevertheless, this is recommended for general collections. More scholarly and substantial than the present work, Copland: 1900 Through 1942 and Copland Since 1943 (both edited by Vivian Perlis) combine the composer's own writings with reminiscences of his friends and colleagues, but they are out of print.-Larry Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Richard Kostelanetz has edited over 40 collections of essays on American culture, ranging in subject matter from avant-garde fiction to collections of critical writings on John Cage and Frank Zappa. He is also a published critic, writer, and artist.

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