Robert Erickson's music bristles with the quintessential virtues of modernist American composers: intelligence, good humor, lyricism, rich sonorities, inventive sound-colors. It is firmly rooted in a thorough understanding of all musics now available, from ancient Greece to John Cage, yet it speaks with a characteristically American voice, direct and good-natured, attuned to the vernacular, never condescending to its audiences.
Shere is a persuasive advocate; he not only writes well and engagingly about Erickson's life and works but sketches a history of his professional milieu, the West Coast New Music scene, over three decades. This larger picture fills in some gaps in conventional views of American music. (Choice)
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