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Thinking about music : the collected writings of Ross Lee Finney /
edited, and with a preface, by Frederic Goossen.
imprint
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1991.
description
xvi, 203 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0817305211 (permanent paper)
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imprint
Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1991.
isbn
0817305211 (permanent paper)
catalogue key
2042987
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [187]-198) and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-11:
Born in 1906, American composer Ross Lee Finney had teachers including Donald Ferguson, Nadia Boulanger, Edward Burlingame Hill, Alban Berg, and Roger Sessions. In this collection of 20 essays dating from 1941 to 1988, Finney addresses university musical education from the composer's viewpoint, aspects of American music and culture, and the "balance of intellectual judgments and intuitive decisions" that is the basis of his compositions. Finney was an influential professor at Smith College and at the University of Michigan, and his writing reflective and rarely polemical is at its most lively when discussing the discipline of composition as part of the curriculum, addressing theory's "mania for tabulation," arguing that "it is in the creative process that art makes its unique contribution to the university," and urging that music be made a part of "a broader concept of the liberal arts." Although there are nine photographs of Finney from 1922 to 1983, biographical data is minimal; this reviewer would have welcomed an interview with Finney soliciting his views on topics not included in this otherwise meritorious book. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate levels.-J. Behrens, University of Western Ontario
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Main Description
Thinking about Music presents the thoughts, ideas, and musings of one of the most important American composers and musical pedagogues of this century. American music, the American artist, American musical education, and the interrelationship of all these with the broader American culture were the concern of Finney during nearly 50 years of an active professional life. This volume of Finney's writings is one of the products of his year (1982-83) as holder of the Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Alabama. From among his many essays, public lectures, and speeches, twenty titles have been selected to express the essence of Finney's thoughts about music and culture, some appearing here for the first time in print. Born in Wells, Minnesota, December 23, 1906, reared in Valley Coty, North Dakota, and Minneapolis, where he studied with Donald N. Ferguson at the University of Minnesota, Finney received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College. After study with Nadia Boulanger and Alban Berg in Europe, Finney returned home to a career as a composer and professor that has spanned six decades. Finney offers the unique perspective of a major American composer covering the most important half-century (ca. 1930-1980) in the history of American music. Finney was an important observer and participant in that period of the flowering of American are music. As the volume spans a variety of subjects it is not strictly for musicians, and is particularly cogent on matters of the relationship of art, especially music, to American educations, and the relationship of the American artist to American culture. Finney was among the most successful teachers of composers in America's history and his ideas about music, art and the training of musicians and artists, therefore, are particularly important.
Main Description
Thinking about Music presents the thoughts, ideas, and musings of one of the most important American composers and musical pedagogues of this century. American music, the American artist, American musical education, and the interrelationship of all these with the broader American culture were the concern of Finney during nearly 50 years of an active professional life. This volume of Finney’s writings is one of the products of his year (1982-83) as holder of the Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Alabama. From among his many essays, public lectures, and speeches, twenty titles have been selected to express the essence of Finney’s thoughts about music and culture, some appearing here for the first time in print. Born in Wells, Minnesota, December 23, 1906, reared in Valley Coty, North Dakota, and Minneapolis, where he studied with Donald N. Ferguson at the University of Minnesota, Finney received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College. After study with Nadia Boulanger and Alban Berg in Europe, Finney returned home to a career as a composer and professor that has spanned six decades. Finney offers the unique perspective of a major American composer covering the most important half-century (ca. 1930-1980) in the history of American music. Finney was an important observer and participant in that period of the flowering of American are music. As the volume spans a variety of subjects it is not strictly for musicians, and is particularly cogent on matters of the relationship of art, especially music, to American educations, and the relationship of the American artist to American culture. Finney was among the most successful teachers of composers in America’s history and his ideas about music, art and the training of musicians and artists, therefore, are particularly important.
Main Description
Thinking about Music presents the thoughts, ideas, and musings of one of the most important American composers and musical pedagogues of this century. American music, the American artist, American musical education, and the interrelationship of all these with the broader American culture were the concern of Finney during nearly 50 years of an active professional life. This volume of Finneyu2019s writings is one of the products of his year (1982-83) as holder of the Endowed Chair in Music at the University of Alabama. From among his many essays, public lectures, and speeches, twenty titles have been selected to express the essence of Finneyu2019s thoughts about music and culture, some appearing here for the first time in print.Born in Wells, Minnesota, December 23, 1906, reared in Valley Coty, North Dakota, and Minneapolis, where he studied with Donald N. Ferguson at the University of Minnesota, Finney received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College. After study with Nadia Boulanger and Alban Berg in Europe, Finney returned home to a career as a composer and professor that has spanned six decades.Finney offers the unique perspective of a major American composer covering the most important half-century (ca. 1930-1980) in the history of American music. Finney was an important observer and participant in that period of the flowering of American are music. As the volume spans a variety of subjects it is not strictly for musicians, and is particularly cogent on matters of the relationship of art, especially music, to American educations, and the relationship of the American artist to American culture. Finney was among the most successful teachers of composers in Americau2019s history and his ideas about music, art and the training of musicians and artists, therefore, are particularly important.

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