R. Murray Schafer: A Creative Life

R. Murray Schafer: A Creative Life

by L. Brett Scott


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R. Murray Schafer: A Creative Life is the authoritative exploration of the life and work of this preeminent Canadian composer, artist, educator, and activist. Working closely with the composer and his family, L. Brett Scott has created the most up-to-date and accurate exploration of Schafer. Scott draws on many public and private sources, including the composer's own journals and correspondence, which have not been previously available to researchers.

Scott discusses Schafer's extensive writings, including his research writings on Ezra Pound and E. T. A. Hoffmann, and his multiple works of fiction. The volume also includes a detailed summary of Schafer's work in the field of acoustic ecology and recognition of his role as founder of the World Soundscape Project as well as an overview of his writings on creative music education.

With complete discussions of his theater works, choral compositions, compositions for voice, chamber pieces, orchestral compositions, and early and transitional works and a chronological list of compositions and select discography, this volume presents the most comprehensive study of Schafer and his enduring legacy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810888258
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 01/21/2019
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 6.29(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.29(d)

About the Author

Brett Scott is associate professor of ensembles and conducting at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. Prior to his appointment at the University of Cincinnati, he was director of choral activities at the University of Rochester and taught at the Eastman School of Music. Scott is an expert on contemporary music and Canadian music. He has presented at national and international conferences, and has had articles published in several scholarly choral journals. He has served as editor of Chorus America’s Research Memorandum Series and associate editor of NCCO’s The Choral Scholar.

Table of Contents

Part I - The Biography
Chapter 1 - Family Background, Childhood, Teenage Years and University
Chapter 2 - Uncertainty, the Temporal Muse, and Wanderlust
Chapter 3 - Homecoming and Education from the Other Side
Chapter 4 - Academia, Notoriety, and New Endeavors
Chapter 5 - Country Life, Renewed Creativity, and Change
Chapter 6 - Two Loves, Financial Concerns, and Homeland
Chapter 7 - Solitude, Reconciliation, and New Challenges

Part II - The Writings
Chapter 8 - The Educational Writings
Chapter 9 - The Soundscape Writings
Chapter 10 - Scholarly Writings and Non-Fiction
Chapter 11 - The Works of Fiction

Part III - The Theatrical Works
Chapter 12 - Loving and the non-Patria Works
Chapter 13 - The Patria Cycle

Part IV - The Compositions
Chapter 14 - The Early and Transitional Compositions
Chapter 15 - The Compositions for Choir
Chapter 16 - The Compositions for Voice
Chapter 17 - The Concerti and other Orchestral Works
Chapter 18 - The Chamber, Solo, and Electronic Compositions

Appendix 1 - Chronological List of Compositions
Appendix 2 - Discography

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