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Joan Tower: The Comprehensive Bio-Bibliography

Joan Tower: The Comprehensive Bio-Bibliography

by Ellen K. Grolman, Ellen Grolman


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Through her compelling and well-crafted body of work over almost five decades, Joan Tower has become one of the world's most admired and celebrated composers. Joan Tower: The Comprehensive Bio-Bibliography celebrates her achievements and compositions, whether works for orchestra, symphonic band, chamber ensemble, or solo instrument. Author Ellen Grolman gives a full biography of the composer, supported by extensive personal interviews and family history dating back to 1637. She explores the experiences and influences that have shaped Tower's musical voice, from her upbringing in South America to her establishment of the Da Capo Chamber Players, and from her flight from serialism to her maturation into one of the most sought-after composers at work today. The book also gives extensive analysis of the composer's style, composing process, musical influences, and passionate advocacy of contemporary music. Many of the talented and esteemed soloists, chamber ensembles, and symphonic organizations with whom Tower has worked, including Leonard Slatkin, Zubin Mehta, the Emerson String Quartet, David Shifrin, Tania León, and Jennifer Higdon, speak candidly about their experiences with Joan Tower in the Peer Reflections section of the book. The bibliography of works lists each composition with date of publication, duration, dedication and commissioning data, and when available, premiers and selected performances. The discography entries include both commercial and non-commercial recordings, and an annotated bibliography precedes a comprehensive index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810856530
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2007
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.37(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Ellen K. Grolman is professor of music and former department chair of the Division of Performing Arts at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland. She is the author of Emma Lou Diemer: A Bio-Bibliography and A Catalogue of Published Works for String Orchestra and Piano Trio by 20th Century American Women Composers.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface Part 2 Part I Part 3 Biography Chapter 4 Tower Family History Chapter 5 Childhood through College Chapter 6 1960s and 1970s: Finding a Life in Music Chapter 7 The Da Capo Chamber Players Chapter 8 Bard College Chapter 9 1980s: International Spotlight Chapter 10 1990-2006: "Now Completely Comfortable" Chapter 11 At Home in Red Hook Part 12 Part II Part 13 Tower's Musical Voice Chapter 14 Compositional Organicism Chapter 15 Compositional Aesthetic Chapter 16 Titles Chapter 17 Structures and Forms Chapter 18 Musical Influences Chapter 19 The Composing Process Chapter 20 The State of Contemporary Music Chapter 21 Musical Citizenship and Musical Feminism Part 22 Part III Part 23 Works and Performances Chapter 24 Works for Band Chapter 25 Works for Stage Chapter 26 Works for Orchestra Chapter 27 Works for Chamber Ensemble Chapter 28 Works for Solo Instruments Chapter 29 Works in Progress Chapter 30 Early, Unpublished Works Chapter 31 Works Written for or Dedicated to Joan Tower Part 32 Part IV Part 33 Discography Chapter 34 In Progress Chapter 35 Joan Tower Performs Works by Other Composers Part 36 Part V Part 37 Peer Reflections Part 38 Appendix A Part 39 Alphabetical List of Published Compositions Part 40 Bibliography Part 41 Index Part 42 About the Author

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