Music and the Skillful Listener

Music and the Skillful Listener : American Women Compose the Natural World

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Denise Von Glahn explores the relationship between listening and musical composition focusing on nine American women composers inspired by the sounds of the natural world: Amy Beach, Marion Bauer, Louise Talma, Pauline Oliveros, Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Victoria Bond, Libby Larsen, and Emily Doolittle. Von Glahn situates "nature composing" among the larger tradition of nature writing and argues that, similar, works of these women express deeply held spiritual and aesthetic beliefs about nature. Drawing on a wealth of archival and original source material, Von Glahn skillfully employs literary and gender studies, ecocriticism and ecomusicology, and contemporary musicological thought to tell the stories of these composers who seek to understand nature through music.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 416 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 19 b&w illus., 72 music exx.
  • 0253006627
  • 9780253006622
  • 2,123,334

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Music and the Skillful Listener is an engrossing study of an important topic that scholars working in a broad array of fields-including American music, music and place, ecomusicology, ecocriticism, gender and music, and many more-will find enriching and illuminating. . . . Scholars pursuing research in these areas or in other related fields will find this book an invaluable resource. * Women and Music * Music and the Skillful Listener . . . offers evocative descriptions of compositions influenced or inspired by nature by nine North American women. It is a very readable book that is appropriate for and will likely appeal to undergraduates and general readers with music-reading skills. * Notes * The book will appeal to students and professionals who want to explore a connection between music and nature through a study of selected works by notable female composers. . . .Recommended. * Choice * Whether to nature itself, to the compositions of these women, or to the words written by Von Glahn, we must stop and listen. Music and the Skillful Listener invites us all to participate and even delight in the undertaking. * Journal of the Society for American Music *
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About Denise Von Glahn

Denise Von Glahn is Professor of Musicology and Director of the Center for Music of the Americas in the College of Music at Florida State University. She is author (with Michael Broyles) of Leo Ornstein: Modernist Dilemmas, Personal Choices (IUP, 2007).
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Table of contents

1. A Context for Composers: Within the Nature-Writing Tradition
I. Nature as a Summer Home
2. Amy Marcy Cheney Beach (Mrs. H. H. A. Beach)
3. Marion Bauer
4. Louise Talma
II. Nature all Around Us
5. Pauline Oliveros
6. Joan Tower
7. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich
III. Beyond the EPA and Earth Day
8. Victoria Bond
9. Libby Larsen
10. Emily Doolittle
Conclusions: The Repercussions of Listening
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