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Lou Harrison

Author : Bill Alves
ISBN : 9780253026439
Genre : Music
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American composer Lou Harrison (1917–2003) is perhaps best known for challenging the traditional musical establishment along with his contemporaries and close colleagues: composers John Cage, Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, and Leonard Bernstein; Living Theater founder, Judith Malina; and choreographer, Merce Cunningham. Today, musicians from Bang on a Can to Björk are indebted to the cultural hybrids Harrison pioneered half a century ago. His explorations of new tonalities at a time when the rest of the avant garde considered such interests heretical set the stage for minimalism and musical post-modernism. His propulsive rhythms and ground-breaking use of percussion have inspired choreographers from Merce Cunningham to Mark Morris, and he is considered the godfather of the so-called "world music" phenomenon that has invigorated Western music with global sounds over the past two decades. In this biography, authors Bill Alves and Brett Campbell trace Harrison's life and career from the diverse streets of San Francisco, where he studied with music experimentalist Henry Cowell and Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg, and where he discovered his love for all things non-traditional (Beat poetry, parties, and men); to the competitive performance industry in New York, where he subsequently launched his career as a composer, conducted Charles Ives's Third Symphony at Carnegie Hall (winning the elder composer a Pulitzer Prize), and experienced a devastating mental breakdown; to the experimental arts institution of Black Mountain College where he was involved in the first "happenings" with Cage, Cunningham, and others; and finally, back to California, where he would become a strong voice in human rights and environmental campaigns and compose some of the most eclectic pieces of his career.

Lou Harrison

Author : Leta E. Miller
ISBN : 9780252031205
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Music's inclusivity - its potential to unite cultures, disciplines, and individuals - defined the life and career of Lou Harrison. This book talks about Harrison's music through an exploration of his stance on pacifism, gay rights, ecology, and respect for minorities - all of which directly impacted his musical works.

Henry Cowell

Author : Joel Sachs
ISBN : 9780195108958
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music is the first complete biography of one of the most innovative figures in twentieth-century American music. It explores in detail the complexities and impact of his life, work, and teachings.

And There I Stood With My Piccolo

Author : Meredith Willson
ISBN : 9780816667697
Genre : Music
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"Originally published in 1948 by Doubleday & Company, Inc."

American Music In The Twentieth Century

Author : Kyle Gann
ISBN : 002864655X
Genre : Music
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American Music in the Twentieth Century surveys the art music written in the United States during the last 100 years from the groundbreaking experiments of Charles Ives to the present day. Writing for the general reader, Kyle Gann describes the characteristic sounds of the diverse movements that have sprung up in this eventful period, while at the same time he sketches the changing social and cultural contexts for American concert music, and provides concise biographies of key figures.

Brian De Palma S Split Screen

Author : Douglas Keesey
ISBN : 9781628466980
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Over the last five decades, the films of director Brian De Palma (b. 1940) have been among the biggest successes (The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible) and the most high-profile failures (The Bonfire of the Vanities) in Hollywood history. De Palma helped launch the careers of such prominent actors as Robert De Niro, John Travolta, and Sissy Spacek (who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actress in Carrie). Indeed Quentin Tarantino named Blow Out as one of his top three favorite films, praising De Palma as the best living American director. Picketed by feminists protesting its depictions of violence against women, Dressed to Kill helped to create the erotic thriller genre. Scarface, with its over-the-top performance by Al Pacino, remains a cult favorite. In the twenty-first century, De Palma has continued to experiment, incorporating elements from videogames (Femme Fatale), tabloid journalism (The Black Dahlia), YouTube, and Skype (Redacted and Passion) into his latest works. What makes De Palma such a maverick even when he is making Hollywood genre films? Why do his movies often feature megalomaniacs and failed heroes? Is he merely a misogynist and an imitator of Alfred Hitchcock? To answer these questions, author Douglas Keesey takes a biographical approach to De Palma’s cinema, showing how De Palma reworks events from his own life into his films. Written in an accessible style, and including a chapter on every one of his films to date, this book is for anyone who wants to know more about De Palma’s controversial films or who wants to better understand the man who made them.

American Mavericks

Author : Susan Key
ISBN : 0520233050
Genre : Music
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Collects comments, insight, and actual performances from American composers, representing a myriad of genres and styles, who took part in the 2000 American Mavericks festival in San Francisco.

Henry Cowell Bohemian

Author : Michael Hicks
ISBN : 0252027515
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Henry Cowell, Bohemian traces the venerated experimentalist's radical ideas back to his teachers, induding Charles Seeger, Samuel Seward, and E.G. Stricklen, the tight-knit artistic communities in the San Francisco Bay area where he grew up and first started composing, and the immeasurable influence of his parents. Mining the published and unpublished writings of Cowell's mother, a politically motivated novelist from the Midwest who carefully monitored the pulse of her son's creativity from birth, Hicks provides insight into the composer's heritage, artistic inclinations, and childhood.

The Jazz Life Of Dr Billy Taylor

Author : Billy Taylor
ISBN : 9780253009173
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Legendary jazz ambassador Dr. Billy Taylor's autobiography spans more than six decades, from the heyday of jazz on 52nd Street in 1940s New York City to CBS Sunday Morning. Taylor fought not only for the recognition of jazz music as "America's classical music" but also for the recognition of black musicians as key contributors to the American music repertoire. Peppered with anecdotes recalling encounters with other jazz legends such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Art Tatum, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and many others, The Jazz Life of Dr. Billy Taylor is not only the life story of a jazz musician and spokesman but also a commentary on racism and jazz as a social force.

The Unsung Songwriters

Author : Warren W. Vaché
ISBN : 0810835703
Genre : Music
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Contrary to the widely held opinion that most of our hit and standard songs were composed by a handful of top writers—Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers—the fact is that the vast majority of them were written by relatively unknown composers.

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