COMPOSING A LIFE

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Composing A Life

Author : Mary Catherine Bateson
ISBN : 9780802196316
Genre : Social Science
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Mary Catherine Bateson has been called "one of the most original and important thinkers of our time" (Deborah Tannen). Grove Press is pleased to reissue Bateson's deeply satisfying treatise on the improvisational lives of five extraordinary women. Using their personal stories as her framework, Dr. Bateson delves into the creative potential of the complex lives we live today, where ambitions are constantly refocused on new goals and possibilities. With balanced sympathy and a candid approach to what makes these women inspiring, examples of the newly fluid movement of adaptation--their relationships with spouses, children, and friends, their ever-evolving work, and their gender--Bateson shows us that life itself is a creative process. "Well-formulated and passionate ... Offers nothing less than a radical rethinking of the concept of achievement." -- San Francisco Chronicle "Fascinating ... A masterwork of rare breadth and particularity." -- The Boston Globe
Category: Social Science

Composing A Further Life

Author : Mary Catherine Bateson
ISBN : 9780307279637
Genre : Self-Help
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An exuberant follow-up to Composing a Life evaluates the creative aspects of aging today, relating the experiences of men and women whose lasting health and resources have enabled them to realize a meaningful sense of purpose throughout the second half of life.
Category: Self-Help

It S All About The Story

Author : Anne Ayers Koch
ISBN : 1937303349
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Composing a Life in Books speaks to everyone who appreciates mystery, detective and romance stories. In a series of twenty-two brief essays, the author reflects on these genres - why they matter, where they come from, how they work, when they help and what makes them relevant to modern life. This book is a tribute to the ability of old fashioned storytelling to sharpen our awareness of the human condition and lessons that are found not only in serious literature, but popular fiction as well.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Hallelujah Junction

Author : John Adams
ISBN : 9781466804425
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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John Adams is one of the most respected and loved of contemporary composers, and "he has won his eminence fair and square: he has aimed high, he has addressed life as it is lived now, and he has found a language that makes sense to a wide audience" (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). Now, in Hallelujah Junction, he incisively relates his life story, from his childhood to his early studies in classical composition amid the musical and social ferment of the 1960s, from his landmark minimalist innovations to his controversial "docu-operas." Adams offers a no-holds-barred portrait of the rich musical scene of 1970s California, and of his contemporaries and colleagues, including John Cage, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. He describes the process of writing, rehearsing, and performing his renowned works, as well as both the pleasures and the challenges of writing serious music in a country and a time largely preoccupied with pop culture. Hallelujah Junction is a thoughtful and original memoir that will appeal to both longtime Adams fans and newcomers to contemporary music. Not since Leonard Bernstein's Findings has an eminent composer so candidly and accessibly explored his life and work. This searching self-portrait offers not only a glimpse into the work and world of one of our leading artists, but also an intimate look at one of the most exciting chapters in contemporary culture.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Full Circles Overlapping Lives

Author : Mary Catherine Bateson
ISBN : 9780345423573
Genre : Social Science
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The author of the best-selling Composing a Life offers her own revolutionary take on the role of longer life spans and recent lifestyle changes in reshaping individual identity and self-fulfillment. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Category: Social Science

Composing A World

Author : Leta E. Miller
ISBN : 0252071883
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Since its original publication, Composing a World by Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman has become the definitive work on the prolific California composer Lou Harrison, often cited as one of America's most original and influential figures. Composing a World presents a compelling and deeply human portrait of an exceptionally beloved pioneer in American music. This paperback edition is an updated version of the highly acclaimed Lou Harrison: Composing a World . The product of extensive research, as well as seventy-five interviews with the composer and those associated with him over half a century, this new edition features an updated works catalog reflecting compositions completed after 1997, adds a brief description of the circumstances of Harrison's death, and corrects a few minor errors. and a CD featuring over 74 minutes of illustrative Harrison compositions, including several unique and previously unrecorded works. Since its original publication, Composing a World by Leta E. Miller and Fredric Lieberman has become the definitive work on the prolific California composer Lou Harrison, often cited as one of America's most original and influential figures. Composing a World presents a compelling and deeply human portrait of an exceptionally beloved pioneer in American music. Harrison: Composing a World . The product of extensive research, as well as seventy-five interviews with the composer and those associated with him over half a century, this new edition features an updated works catalog reflecting compositions completed after 1997, adds a brief description of the circumstances of Harrison's death, and corrects a few minor errors. It also includes an annotated works-list detailing more than 300 compositions and a CD featuring over 74 minutes of illustrative Harrison compositions, including several unique and previously unrecorded works. Extending beyond simple biography, Composing a World includes chapters on music and dance, intonation and tuning, instrument building, music criticism, political activism, homosexuality, and Harrison's Asian influences, among other topics. This indispensable study of Harrison's life and works--currently out of print--will be welcomed back by performing artists, students, and scholars of American music.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Willing To Learn

Author : Mary Catherine Bateson
ISBN : UOM:39015060396838
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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WRITER AND EDUCATOR Mary Catherine Bateson is best known for the proposal that lives should be looked at as compositions, each one an artistic creation expressing individual responses to the unexpected. This collection can be read as a memoir of unfolding curiosity, for it brings together essays and occasional pieces, many of them previously unpublished or unknown to readers who know the author only from her books, written in the course of an unconventional career. Bateson’s professional life was interrupted repeatedly. She responded by refocusing her curiosity — by being willing to learn. The connections and echoes between the entries in her book are as intriguing as the contrasts in style and subject matter. The work is grounded in cultural anthropology but shaped by the observation that, in a world of rapid change and encounters with strangers, individuals can no longer depend on following traditionally defined paths. Willing to Learnis arranged thematically. One section includes a sampling of writings about Bateson’s parents, anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. The longest section focuses primarily on the contemporary United States and deals with life stages and gender. Bateson argues that because women’s lives have changed most radically, women are pioneers of emerging patterns that will affect everyone. Another section deals with belief systems, conflict, and change, especially in the Middle East, and the final section with different ways of knowing. Bateson is a singular thinker whose work enriches lives by bringing fresh, original ideas to subjects that affect all of our lives.Willing to Learnis at once an articulation of and an enduring testament to the artistic creation Bateson has produced pursuing her own life’s work.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Peripheral Visions

Author : Mary C. Bateson
ISBN : 9780061875878
Genre : Social Science
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Mary Catherine Bateson, author of Composing a Life, is our guide on a fascinating intellectual exploration of lifetime learning from experience and encountering the unfamiliar. Peripheral Visions begins with a sacrifice in a Persian garden, moving on to a Philippine village and then to the Sinai desert, and concludes with a description of a tour bus full of Tibetan monks. Bateson's reflections bring theses narratives homes, proposing surprising new vision of our own diverse and changing society and offering us the courage to participate even as we are still learning.
Category: Social Science

Mendelssohn

Author : R. Larry Todd
ISBN : 0195110439
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A portrait of the distinguished composer, musician, and artist draws on his correspondence, diaries, and creative works to analyze his most distinctive achievements as well as his lesser-known pieces, exploring his religious heritage, role as a Jewish performer, and complex relationship with his sister. (Biography)
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Composing A Life

Author : Tim McCracken
ISBN : 9781491751107
Genre : Fiction
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Christopher Hartley is the chair of the English department at the North Campus of Garden State University—a place he refers to as a “minimum intellectual facility.” Recently returned from a medical leave begun after the death of his wife, Holly, sixteen months earlier, he is seeking some measure of peace. As Chris prepares a brand-new course called Music in Literature, he hopes the combination of the two disciplines—a pairing that has always fascinated him—will help him overcome his grief and deal with the estrangement of his daughter, Ivy. Peace, however, is as elusive as music itself. As he deals with his own health problems and the possibility of a new relationship with a much younger colleague, Chris moves through a chaotic and occasionally amusing fugue in which lust, love, self-worth, redemption, and meaning interweave. This complex novel explores how music and literature aid one man as he deals with grief, considers the meaning of life and death, and struggles to come to terms with his own mortality.
Category: Fiction