Beth Anderson

Composer Beth Anderson has set the text of Dana Gioia, Eugene Field, David Mason, Countee Cullen, Georgia Douglas Johnson, and several other American writers in her songs.

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Born in Lexington, Kentucky, Beth Anderson studied at the University of California, Davis and Mills College. Throughout her studies, she worked with several seminal American composers, including John Cage, Robert Ashley, and Terry Riley.

In 1975, Anderson founded Ear Magazine and has contributed her writings to several other publications. Her compositions include songs, as well as text-sound pieces, tape works, and graphic scores.

–Christie Finn

Source: Charles Share’s article in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

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Songs in Transit: An American Expedition

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Beth Anderson: Quilt Music

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10+2:12 American Text Sound Pieces

(Beth Anderson)


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