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COMPOSERS' VOICES FROM IVES TO ELLINGTON: An Oral History of American Music

PERLIS, Vivian and CLEVE, Libby Van

Published by Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2005
ISBN 10: 0300106734 / ISBN 13: 9780300106732
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Title: COMPOSERS' VOICES FROM IVES TO ELLINGTON: An...

Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven, CT

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Illustrator: Illustrated

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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Dark blue textured cloth binding with gold colored print on spine. Gift inscription and signature from author (Perlis) on pre-title page. Tight, sound, and otherwise unmarked. 477 pages including index. Dark blue dust jacket with yellow print on front cover and spine. DJ in mylar. No pricing. Book includes two CD's in clear plastic envelopes on front and rear endpapers. Size: 7 1/4 X 10 1/4. Bookseller Inventory # 011214

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Synopsis: The first decades of the twentieth century were a fertile and fascinating period in American musical history. This book and the two CDs that accompany it present an exceptional collection of interviews with and about the most significant musical figures of the era. Tapping the unparalleled materials contained in the Oral History American Music archive at Yale University, Composers? Voices from Ives to Ellington is a unique account of what it was like for musicians and composers to live and work in those years. It is also the story of the making of the archive, as told by Vivian Perlis, who personally conducted many of the interviews.

Music aficionados can now hear Eubie Blake describe the birth of ragtime or listen to a firsthand account of how Ira Gershwin came to write those famous lines in ôLet?s Call the Whole Thing Off.? In-depth interviews with such figures as Henry Cowell, Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, and Duke Ellington are included in the book, which also features chapter introductions and fascinating sidebars, illustrations, and anecdotes throughout. Two CDs complete the set, enabling today?s listener to enjoy the remarkablen experience of hearing the actual voices and the music of American composers of the early twentieth century.

About the Author: Vivian Perlis is founding director and Libby van Cleve is associate director of Oral History American Music at the Yale School of Music and Library.

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