Music Trends of the 21st Century: Technology Influencing Culture

Music Trends of the 21st Century: Technology Influencing Culture


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986329104
Publisher: Pointillistic Publishing
Publication date: 10/05/2015
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Anna Brake is inherently a composer. Growing up in Missouri and South Dakota, she was always drawn to music. Curiosity led her to pick up clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, mandolin, glockenspiel, vibraphone, and crash cymbals. Learning about a variety of instruments always interested her, but her favorite was always the piano, which was the instrument to unleash the composer within. She began composing at age 12 and knew from then on that she wanted to be a musician for life.

Her compositional influences range from Bela Bartok to Karlheinz Stockhausen, Aaron Copland to Paul Hindemith, Alban Berg to Lou Harrison, Luciano Berio to Steve Reich, Igor Stravinsky to Ruth Crawford Seeger, Anton Webern to Romani folk music. She has received commissions from AMTAS (American Music Therapy Association of Students) for Samana and Matthew Turek for "Slow Bleak Awakening . . ." She has had her works presented in masterclasses by performers such as Dan Lippel and Colorfield Ensemble. Anna has done research on Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Other projects include The New Music Ensemble Project. Anna has degrees in music composition (summa cum laude) and band instrument repair.

As author of Music Trends of the 21st Century: Technology Influencing Culture, she complies the knowledge of years of composing and studying music and working hands-on with instruments in order to promote musical literacy in everyone. She continues to write about music in her blog, Digital Age Muses.

She resides in Kansas City, MO. She is a freelance composer/arranger, author, and educator and works for UMKC.

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