26 March 2005

  Tower, Joan (1939-)

American. Her childhood in South America gave her an interest in rhythm. She studied at Columbia University, and then performed as a pianist. In 1977 she won the Guggenheim fellowship. She parodies Aaron Copland by using the title, Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman (1993) which is dedicated to Women Composers, the Risk Takers. She wrote only instrumental works, being influenced by serialism in the 1960s. Sequoia (1981) for orchestra comprises of one movement, with rhythmic agility and a colourful timbre.

Features in Contemporary Anthology of Music by Women


Fanfares for the Uncommon Woman, Concertos for Orchestra

Colorado Symphony ( Marin Alsop conductor).
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1999          £15   Out of Print



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