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JOAN TOWER

Joan Tower’s music is noted for a number of defining qualities: driving rhythms and colourful orchestrations influenced by the sounds and sensations of a childhood spent in South America; approachability for listeners and players alike, resulting from her engagement with the performers of her music (often written with specific musicians in mind) and her own performances as a pianist and conductor. Early works were serial in conception. In the 1970s she moved toward more tonal, Messiaen-like sonorities. She has written a number of works paying homage to composers such as Beethoven (Concerto for Piano), Stravinsky (Petroushskates), and Copland (Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman). She was the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission, Made in America. Its topselling recording won three 2008 GRAMMY® awards, including Best Classical Contemporary Composition. She was composer-in-residence with the St Louis Symphony (1985–88), Orchestra of St Lukes (1997–2007), and Season Composer with the Pittsburgh Symphony (2010–11). She is published by G. Schirmer.

Interview with Joan Tower

You can click here to stream an interview in which Joan Tower talks about the new Naxos recording of her Made in America. The segment is part of the Naxos Classical Music Spotlight podcast series, also available on naxos.com or through iTunes.

View by Role: Classical Artist | Classical Composer
Role: Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
CLASS OF '38 Naxos
8.572087
Interview
TOWER: Chamber and Solo Music Naxos
8.559215
Chamber Music

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
American Music for Percussion, Vol. 1 (New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, Epstein) Naxos
8.559683
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - AUERBACH, L. / GARROP, S. / HIGDON, J. / SCHWENDINGER, L.E. / THOMAS, A.R. / TOWER, J. (Notable Women) (Lincoln Trio) Cedille
CDR90000-126
Chamber Music
CLASS OF '38 Naxos
8.572087
Orchestral
EIGHTH BLACKBIRD: Thirteen Ways Cedille
CDR90000-067
Chamber Music
RILEY: Cantos Desiertos / BEASER / TOWER / LIEBERMANN Naxos
8.559146
Chamber Music
SAMPSON, D.: Chicago Moves / WOODWARD, J.: Gaudete / CHEETAM, J.: Sonata for Brass Quintet / BAXTER, B.: A Great Commercial City (Gaudete Ensemble) Cedille
CDR90000-136
Chamber Music
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Special Projects
9.00124
Orchestral
TOWER, J.: String Quartets Nos. 3-5 / Dumbarton Quintet (Daedalus Quartet, Miami String Quartet, McMillen) Naxos
8.559795
Chamber Music
TOWER, J.: Violin Concerto / Stroke / Chamber Dance (Cho-Liang Lin, Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) Naxos
8.559775
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
TOWER: Chamber and Solo Music Naxos
8.559215
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
TOWER: Made in America / Tambor / Concerto for Orchestra Naxos
8.559328
Orchestral
TOWER: Silver Ladders / Island Prelude / Sequoia First Edition
FECD-0025
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
WORLD PREMIERE COLLECTION First Edition
FECD-0032
Orchestral
ZWILICH, E.: Clarinet Quintet / SHENG, B.: Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet (Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society) Delos
DE3183
Chamber Music





 
 
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