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

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Indiana University Press, Apr 9, 2013 - Music - 416 pages
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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 Music and the Skillful Listener, 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.

 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Within the NatureWriting Tradition
PART ONE NATURE AS A SUMMER HOME
Marion Bauer
PART TWO NATURE ALL AROUND
Joan Tower
PART THREE BEYOND THE EPA AND EARTH
Victoria Bond
Libby Larsen
Emily Doolittle
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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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