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date: 22 August 2019

Anderson, Beth [Barbara Elizabeth]locked

  • Charles Shere


[Barbara Elizabeth]

(b Lexington, KY, Jan 3, 1950). American composer. She studied at the University of Kentucky, the University of California, Davis (BA 1971), where she was a pupil of Larry Austin, John Cage and Richard Swift, and Mills College (MFA 1973, MA 1974), where her teachers included Robert Ashley and Terry Riley. In 1974 she completed the oratorio Joan as a commission for the Cabrillo Music Festival. Active as a writer and editor, Anderson was co-editor of Ear (1973–9), and one of its principal contributors. On moving to New York in 1975 she founded Ear Magazine; her criticism has also appeared in the Soho Weekly News, Heresies and Intermedia. She teaches college music courses and accompanies dancers at the Martha Graham School of Dance and the American Dance Studio, among others.

By the early 1970s Anderson had composed graphic scores (Music for Charlemagne Palestine...

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