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Colin McPhee Composer in Two Worlds by Carol J. Oja

Colin McPhee Composer in Two Worlds

Part of the Music in American Life Series


Colin McPhee Composer in Two Worlds by Carol J. Oja

A pioneer among American composers who turned to the island of Bali for inspiration. This study traces his life, his influences on fellow musicians, and his struggles as a composer.


Oja's study of the composer's life and work is careful, well-written, sympathetic yet objective. -- F. Goossen, Choice ... a strong and necessary argument for the reconsideration of McPhee's work as a composer. -- Larry Polansky, Ethnomusicology Carol Oja has recounted his story with outstanding thoroughness and sensitivity... McPhee's legacy is a small body of specialized work, creative and scholarly, that suggested new paths in the music of this century. It deserved--indeed, awaited--the full and well-balanced study Oja has given it. -- John Beckwith, American Music

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Publication date

26th February 2004


Carol J. Oja

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University of Illinois Press


376 pages


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