Ross Lee Finney

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With over 100 compositions in his catalog, Ross Lee Finney is a highly regarded composer whose career spans more than 50 years. This work offers contemporary music scholars, students, and enthusiasts an in-depth survey of the life, works, and writings of this important composer, theorist, and teacher. Finney is one of the first significant composers to come out of the American Midwest. He is known for blazing new trails by writing tonal music in the serialist style, developing a unique method of composition by ...

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Overview

With over 100 compositions in his catalog, Ross Lee Finney is a highly regarded composer whose career spans more than 50 years. This work offers contemporary music scholars, students, and enthusiasts an in-depth survey of the life, works, and writings of this important composer, theorist, and teacher. Finney is one of the first significant composers to come out of the American Midwest. He is known for blazing new trails by writing tonal music in the serialist style, developing a unique method of composition by applying physics' theory of complementarity to music, and using symmetrical hexachords to achieve an overall tonal effect. An important addition to any music library.

Of special interest are excerpts from the author's interview with Finney in 1992, which provide the reader with a unique insight into the life and work of this individual and innovative composer. The book is divided into four major sections: a biography, a list of works including detailed information regarding premieres and other significant performances, a complete discography of all commercial recordings, and a comprehensive bibliography of writings by and about Finney. Two appendices provide alphabetical and chronological lists of compositions, and a comprehensive index includes all important names, institutions, places, and events mentioned throughout the text.

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A guide to Finney's compositions and recordings, together with a survey of writings about the theoretician/composer and his work. Includes a brief biography constructed from an interview with Professor Finney<-->supplemented by material from his autobiography, a discography of commercially produced recordings arranged by title, a bibliography of writings by or about Finney, and a complete list of compositions arranged by genre: keyboard, solo instrument or chamber ensemble, orchestra or concert band , solo voice, chorus, and stage. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313286711
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/13/1996
  • Series: Bio-Bibliographies in Music Series
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN HAYES HITCHENS has been a music librarian for nearly 20 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Biography

Works and Performances

Discography

Bibliography

Appendix A: Alphabetical List of Compositions

Appendix B: Chronological List of Compositions

Index

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