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Thinking Sound Music: The Life and Work of Robert Erickson
     

Thinking Sound Music: The Life and Work of Robert Erickson

by Charles Shere, John Rockwell, Chuck Goehring (Produced by)
 

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Robert Erickson's music bristles with the quintessential virtues of modernist American composers: intelligence, good humor, lyricism, rich sonorities, inventive sound-colors. It is firmly rooted in a thorough understanding of all musics now available, from ancient Greece to John Cage, yet it speaks with a characteristically American voice, direct and good-natured,

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Robert Erickson's music bristles with the quintessential virtues of modernist American composers: intelligence, good humor, lyricism, rich sonorities, inventive sound-colors. It is firmly rooted in a thorough understanding of all musics now available, from ancient Greece to John Cage, yet it speaks with a characteristically American voice, direct and good-natured, attuned to the vernacular, never condescending to its audiences.

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Shere is a persuasive advocate; he not only writes well and engagingly about Erickson's life and works but sketches a history of his professional milieu, the West Coast New Music scene, over three decades. This larger picture fills in some gaps in conventional views of American music.
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Shere is a persuasive advocate; he not only writes well and engagingly about Erickson's life and works but sketches a history of his professional milieu, the West Coast New Music scene, over three decades. This larger picture fills in some gaps in conventional views of American music.
Booknews
The composer's music can be typified as "modern" in craft, but American in character. Shere (a composer and critic) examines Erickson's work within both of these contexts and in a way that is accessible to non-musicians. The biography traces the composer's childhood influences; his studies with Austrian modernist Ernst Krenk; his depression and war years; the early teaching career, and his role as a pioneer of experimental music at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California, San Diego. A CD of three of Erickson's works is included with the text, and a list of works by title. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780914913429
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1977
Series:
Fallen Leaf Monographs on Contemporary Composers Series , #2
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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