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Music and the Skillful Listener: American Women Compose the Natural World (Music, Nature, Place)

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For Denise Von Glahn, listening is that special quality afforded women who have been fettered for generations by the maxim "be seen and not heard." In Skillful Listeners, 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, like their literary sisters, 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 the larger world of contemporary musicological thought to tell the stories of nine women composers who seek to understand nature through music.

About the Author

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction

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

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253006622
Author:
Von Glahn, Denise
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Author:
Denise Von Glahn
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Music-Theory and Composition
Subject:
Composition
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
American Studies; Ecology and Environment; Music; Ornithology; Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Music, Nature, Place
Publication Date:
20130231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
19 bandw illus., 72 music exx.
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.4 x 1.3 in

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History and Social Science » World History » General

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