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American Composers


Acquiring Editor: Laurie Matheson

The short, readable books in the American Composers series will introduce significant American composers to students and general readers and provide a convenient reference and concise overview for scholars, performers, and other specialists.

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link to catalog page, Johanna Beyer Author: Amy C. Beal
Pub Date: March 2015

Portrait of an innovative woman artist who believed that "the heart and the brain should go hand in hand"   learn more...

link to catalog page, Aaron Jay Kernis Author: Leta E. Miller
Pub Date: September 2014

The first full-length biography of the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer   learn more...

link to catalog page, Alec Wilder Author: Philip Lambert
Pub Date: March 2013

An all-embracing composer of popular and classical music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Ashley Author: Kyle Gann
Pub Date: December 2012

A bold innovator who redefined contemporary opera   learn more...

link to catalog page, Christian Wolff Author: Michael Hicks and Christian Asplund
Pub Date: August 2012

Inside an original modern musical mind   learn more...

link to catalog page, Carla Bley Author: Amy C. Beal
Pub Date: November 2011

The first in-depth look at a highly innovative jazz icon   learn more...

link to catalog page, Elliott Carter Author: James Wierzbicki
Pub Date: March 2011

A revealing portrait of a living legend of American classical music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Rudolf Friml Author: William Everett
Pub Date: November 2008

The first book-length study devoted to Rudolf Friml's multifaceted musical legacy   learn more...

link to catalog page, Dudley Buck Author: N. Lee Orr
Pub Date: July 2008

A popular Victorian composer of organ and choral music   learn more...

link to catalog page, William Grant Still Author: Catherine Parsons Smith
Pub Date: July 2008

An accessible introduction to the dean of African American composers   learn more...

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