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For Denise Von Glahn, listening is that exact caliber afforded ladies who've been fettered for generations via the maxim "be obvious and never heard." In tune and the Skillful Listener, Von Glahn explores the connection among listening and musical composition targeting 9 American girls composers encouraged through the sounds of the wildlife: Amy seashore, Marion Bauer, Louise Talma, Pauline Oliveros, Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Victoria Bond, Libby Larsen, and Emily Doolittle. Von Glahn situates "nature composing" one of the better culture of nature writing and argues that, like their literary sisters, works of those ladies exhibit deeply held non secular and aesthetic ideals approximately nature. Drawing on a wealth of archival and unique resource fabric, Von Glahn skillfully employs literary and gender stories, ecocriticism and ecomusicology, and the bigger global of up to date musicological suggestion to inform the tales of 9 ladies composers who search to appreciate nature via music.

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I’ve been fortunate to work with exceptional students in classes, in seminars, and as my assistants; they’ve contributed to this particular project in a variety of ways, some of which I’m sure they are unaware. Many of them have graduated, but even so in a number of cases our conversations continue. While it is dangerous to name names and risk overlooking someone, I’d rather make that mistake than to not try. With that caveat I want to thank Caitlin Brown, Toni Casamassina, Amy Dunning, Katherine Etheridge, Andrew Gades, Gonzalo Gallardo, Ashley Geer, Dennis Hutchison, Amy Keyser, Megan MacDonald, Charles Mueller, Crystal Peebles, Erin Scheffer, John Spilker, Stephanie Stallings, Dana Terres, Stephanie Thorne, Lyndsey Thornton, Steve Thursby, Catherine Williams, and Felicia Youngblood; Brianna Rhodes took on the Herculean task of creating the musical examples.

Its title was inspired in part by a book by Tina Gianquitto, “Good Observers of Nature” American Women and the Scientific Study of the Natural World, 1820–1885,1 and a poem written in 1887 by John Vance Cheney (1848–1922), “The Skilful Listener”: THE SKILFUL listener, he, methinks, may hear The grass blades clash in sunny field together, The roses kissing, and the lily, whether It joy or sorrow in the summer’s ear, The jewel dew-bells of the mead ring clear When morning lightly moves them in June weather, The flocked hours flitting by on stealthy feather, The last leaves’ wail at waning of the year.

Many of them have graduated, but even so in a number of cases our conversations continue. While it is dangerous to name names and risk overlooking someone, I’d rather make that mistake than to not try. With that caveat I want to thank Caitlin Brown, Toni Casamassina, Amy Dunning, Katherine Etheridge, Andrew Gades, Gonzalo Gallardo, Ashley Geer, Dennis Hutchison, Amy Keyser, Megan MacDonald, Charles Mueller, Crystal Peebles, Erin Scheffer, John Spilker, Stephanie Stallings, Dana Terres, Stephanie Thorne, Lyndsey Thornton, Steve Thursby, Catherine Williams, and Felicia Youngblood; Brianna Rhodes took on the Herculean task of creating the musical examples.

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