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Thinking sound music : the life and work of Robert Erickson

Author: Charles Shere
Publisher: Berkeley, Calif. : Fallen Leaf Press, ©1995.
Series: Fallen Leaf monographs on contemporary composers, 2.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Robert Erickson's music bristles with the quintessential virtues of modernist American composers: intelligence, good humor, lyricism, rich sonorities, inventive sound-colors. It is firmly rooted in a thorough understanding of all musics now available, from ancient Greece to Webern, Varese, and John Cage - not ignoring the music of Indonesia, Africa, and the Far East. Yet it speaks with a characteristically American  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shere, Charles, 1935-
Thinking sound music.
Berkeley, Calif. : Fallen Leaf Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)604901059
Named Person: Robert Erickson; Robert Erickson; Robert Erickson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Shere
ISBN: 0914913336 9780914913337
OCLC Number: 32779213
Notes: Series statement from jacket.
Description: xviii, 277 pages : portraits, pls., music ; 24 cm + 1 disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).
Contents: Robert Erickson compositions on CD: Concerto for piano and seven instruments --
Solstice for string quartet --
Taffytime.
Series Title: Fallen Leaf monographs on contemporary composers, 2.
Responsibility: Charles Shere ; with a foreword by John Rockwell.

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"Robert Erickson's music bristles with the quintessential virtues of modernist American composers: intelligence, good humor, lyricism, rich sonorities, inventive sound-colors. It is firmly rooted in a thorough understanding of all musics now available, from ancient Greece to Webern, Varese, and John Cage - not ignoring the music of Indonesia, Africa, and the Far East. Yet it speaks with a characteristically American voice, direct and good-natured, attuned to the vernacular, never condescending to its audiences."--BOOK JACKET. "Thinking Sound Music looks at this fascinating man and his music. An absorbing narrative traces Erickson's childhood influences; his studies with the Austrian modernist Ernst Krenek; his dislocating, often amusing experiences during the Depression and in the army in World War II; the academic politics in Erickson's early teaching career in Berkeley and San Francisco; and his role in establishing pioneering experimental music studios at the San Francisco Conservatory and the University of California at San Diego."--BOOK JACKET. "In a detailed, nontechnical survey of Erickson's music - from the early, tentative pieces for chorus through the experimental tape compositions and game pieces of the 1960s to the haunting, evocative masterpieces of the 1970s and '80s - the author places Erickson's works in the context of musical developments of the time, presenting for the nonspecialist the panorama of music at the close of the twentieth century. Shere explains complex subjects in a direct, plain-English style, in the hope that the natural and universal values of Erickson's music will be revealed to the audiences for whom it was composed."--BOOK JACKET.

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