Thursday, February 16, 2017

Women Composers: Joan Tower

Beginning with my 8/23/16 post on Barbara Harbach, I'm exploring the works of some women composers whose music is unfamiliar to me.

Joan Tower (born 1938) is an American composer, pianist, and conductor. She was the first woman to win the Grawemeyer Award (in 1990 for "Silver Ladders"). She also won the Delaware Symphony's Alfred I. DuPont Award for Distinguished American Composer, and three Grammy Awardss for the 2008 recording of her "Made in America". Her numerous compositions have been widely recorded.

Here is "Made in America":

Here is her "Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, #1"

Here is her string quartet "Night Fields"

And here is her Piano Concerto.

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