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Colin McPhee : composer in two worlds

Author: Carol J Oja
Publisher: Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Colin McPhee was a performer, writer, and pioneer among Western composers in turning to Asia for inspiration. A close friend of Aaron Copland, Carlos Chavez, Henry Cowell, and Virgil Thomson, he played a vital role in new music activities in New York in the 1920s, but his most important accomplishments came from his devotion to the music of Bali. Carole Oja's Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds traces his life,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Oja, Carol J., 1953-
Colin McPhee.
Washington : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©1990
(OCoLC)555493427
Named Person: Colin McPhee; Colin McPhee; Colin McPhee; Colin McPhee; Colin McPhee; Colin McPhee
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carol J Oja
ISBN: 0874747325 9780874747324
OCLC Number: 20935353
Description: xix, 353 pages : illustrations, portraits, music ; 24 cm
Contents: The Education of a Prodigy, 1900-26 --
A Young Professional in New York, 1926-31 --
Asia Beckons, 1928-31 --
The First Trips to Bali, 1931-34 --
A Western Interlude, 1935-36 --
The Last Years in Bali, 1937-38 --
Hard Times in New York, 1939-52 --
Changing Fortunes, 1952-59 --
Compositions After 1940 --
The Years in California, 1960-64 --
Catalogue of the Music of Colin McPhee --
Preliminary Catalogue of Colin McPhee's Gamelan Transcriptions for Western Instruments.
Responsibility: Carol J. Oja.

Abstract:

"Colin McPhee was a performer, writer, and pioneer among Western composers in turning to Asia for inspiration. A close friend of Aaron Copland, Carlos Chavez, Henry Cowell, and Virgil Thomson, he played a vital role in new music activities in New York in the 1920s, but his most important accomplishments came from his devotion to the music of Bali. Carole Oja's Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds traces his life, his influences on fellow musicians, and the profound experience of a composer striving to comprehend an entirely new musical language." "McPhee traveled to Bali to live and learn after hearing rare recordings of the Balinese gamelan, a percussion orchestra with delicately layered textures and clangorous sounds. While most of his intimate relationships were homosexual, McPhee nevertheless married anthropologist Jane Belo and built a native-style house on the island where they lived for most of the 1930s. During this time, his own compositions became an imaginative hybrid of Balinese and Western music, anticipating the later work of such figures as John Cage, Lou Harrison, and Steve Reich." "Finally back in print, Carol Oja's account of McPhee's intriguing life and work evokes key issues in composition and ethnomusicology, sure to be of interest to scholars, musicians, or anyone interested in twentieth-century American or Balinese music."--BOOK JACKET.
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