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Libby Larsen : composing an American life

Author: Denise Von Glahn
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017] ©2017
Series: Music in American life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Libby Larsen has composed award-winning music performed around the world. Her works range from chamber pieces and song cycles to operas to large-scale works for orchestra and chorus. At the same time, she has advocated for living composers and new music since cofounding the American Composers Forum in 1973. Denise Von Glahn 's in-depth examination of Larsen merges traditional biography with a daring scholarly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Von Glahn, Denise, 1950-
Libby Larsen.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
(DLC) 2017020909
Named Person: Libby Larsen; Libby Larsen; Libby Larsen
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denise Von Glahn
ISBN: 9780252041150 0252041151 9780252082696 0252082699
OCLC Number: 983824268
Description: xxii, 335 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prologue: A polyphonic life --
Libby Larsen and the cultural moment --
Larsen and family : needing to be heard --
Larsen and religion : the tie that binds --
Larsen and nature : tutoring the soul --
Larsen and the academy years : "my soul was shaking" --
Larsen and gender : doing the impossible --
Larsen and technology : challenging the concert hall --
Larsen and the collaborators, Larsen and the critics --
Conclusions: Reflections on a life and the process of telling it.
Series Title: Music in American life.
Responsibility: Denise Von Glahn.

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"Libby Larsen has composed award-winning music performed around the world. Her works range from chamber pieces and song cycles to operas to large-scale works for orchestra and chorus. At the same time, she has advocated for living composers and new music since cofounding the American Composers Forum in 1973. Denise Von Glahn 's in-depth examination of Larsen merges traditional biography with a daring scholarly foray: an ethnography of one active artist. Drawing on musical analysis, the composer 's personal archive, and seven years of interviews with Larsen and those in her orbit, Von Glahn illuminates the polyphony of achievements that make up Larsen 's public and private lives. In considering Larsen 's musical impact, Von Glahn delves into how elements of the personal a 1950s childhood, spiritual seeking, love of nature, and status as an important woman artist inform her work. The result is a portrait of a musical pathfinder who continues to defy expectations and reject labels."--Publisher's description.

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