Music and History

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Composers are a product of their environment and times. Even those who are described as ahead of their times' are a product of their environment and their music a reaction against, or a commentary upon, it. As such, musical compositions are influenced by a wide array of exogenous and internal, authorial factors, from the characteristics of the time to the composer's own reaction to them, including his/her perception of, and stand towards their musical heritage.


Tower's works, moreover, evoke an energy, a use of color and texture which are uniquely her own, and which make them not only exciting to listen to, but continue the traditional lineage of Western art music (Scholes, 1979). Conductor Leonard Slatkin states that Tower's works come from the "roots" of the "traditional playing repertory. "He describes her work as being "a continuation of historical musical line, but late twentieth century work" (Slatkin, 1984, p. D3). As will be illustrated through reference to her works, with particular focus on Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, although Tower's music has strong ties to much of the music which came before her, through her use of orchestration, form and musical materials, her final product which combines these elements is not simply a repetition or imitation of what has been written, but an intertwining of these characteristics into the context of her own new musical work.
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