Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers

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Michael K. Slayton
Scarecrow Press, Dec 23, 2010 - Music - 494 pages
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In Women of Influence in Contemporary Music: Nine American Composers, Michael K. Slayton has collected essays, which focus on women who have made significant contributions to American music: Elizabeth Austin, Susan Botti, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Libby Larsen, Tania León, Cindy McTee, Marga Richter, and Judith Shatin. While these composers have much in common, not least of all dedication to their art, their individual stories reveal different impulses in American music. Their works reflect the shifting societal landscapes in the United States over the last seven decades, as well as different stylistic approaches to writing music.

Each chapter includes a biography of the composer, an interview, and a detailed analysis of one major composition. The composers openly reflect on their individual journeys, in which they have discovered respective musical languages and have found success during different times in history. Because few music books focus solely on female composers, Women of Influence in Contemporary Music offers a rare glimpse into the styles and attitudes of gifted women and their work.
 

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Contents

ELIZABETH R AUSTIN 1938
1
SUSAN BOTTI 1962
53
GABRIELA LENA FRANK 1972
85
JENNIFER HIGDON 1962
141
LIBBY LARSEN 1950
191
TANIA LEÓN 1943
251
CINDY McTEE 1953
299
MARGA RICHTER 1926
357
JUDITH SHATIN
405
INDEX
451
INDEX OF MUSICAL WORKS BY COMPOSER
471
ABOUT THE EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTORS
475
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Michael K. Slayton is associate professor and chair of the Department of Music Composition and Theory at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.

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