This book traces the development of music in the late 20th and early 21st centuries with regards to the work of six women composers: Sofia Gubaidulina, Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Libby Larsen, Chen Yi, and Judith Weir. The study integrates cultural contexts with the composers biographies, their diverse compositional styles, and provides in-depth analyses of their musical works. The Kaleidoscope of Womens Sounds in Music of the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries offers a more detailed guide to not only these composers, but also their musical characters and styles, than previous studies on womens music. It discusses several aspects of these womens compositional perspectives and their personal experiences as they developed their music careers. The book also places emphasis on how these composers incorporated diverse musical styles and the idioms of others into the development of their own distinctly personal styles. The analytical approach adopted in this book is supplemented with illustrations of musical examples in order to provide a more complete understanding of the work of these composers.
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Kheng K. Koay is an Associate Professor of Musicology in the School of Music at National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan. Her articles and chapters have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and books, and have been presented at several international conferences. She is the author of Tracing the Beats: The Fusion of American Vernacular and Western Art Music (2013).Review:
"Kheng K. Koay's The Kaleidoscope of Women's Sounds in Music of the Late 20th and Early 21st Centuries adds another volume to this hugely important developing field. [...] [T]he book does fill in some gaps in the story of these women composers and their music, and the analyses are generally well devised. For the performer, there is a lot of useful information about the composers' lives, the ways they conceived their work, and the stylistic and technical challenges that these pieces present."Lucy HollingworthThe Royal Conservatoire of ScotlandScottish Journal of Performance, 4:1 (2017)
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Book Description Cambridge Scholars Pub, 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st unabridged edition. 215 pages. 8.50x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1443876526