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Compositions in the Digital World

Composition in the Digital World: Conversations with 21st Century American Composers
By Robert Raines
Oxford University Press, 2015

American composers are at the forefront of a renaissance in concert music, in the process expanding the very definition of the category. The impact of digital technology on the creative process and the unprecedented diversity of contemporary composers are arguably among the catalysts driving the rebirth.

In this series of personal interviews with some of the most prominent composers of art music currently working on the American music scene — including Tania León — composer and educator Robert Raines leads the intimate conversations through subjects ranging from the source of inspiration to work habits, the realities of the business of music, and the impact of technology on music and life in the 21st century. A loving homage to the artistic spirit, this book is a must-read for students of composition, professors and scholars of music, composers and aspiring composers, and anyone interested in the subjective process of writing music. This rich and entertaining collection provides a unique glimpse into the workings of the creative spirit in the digital age.

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In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States

In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States
By Jennifer Kelly (Lafayette College, Pennsylvania)
Univ. of Illinois Press, 2013
This collection of new interviews with twenty-five accomplished female composers substantially advances our knowledge of the work, experiences, compositional approaches, and musical intentions of a diverse group of creative individuals. With personal anecdotes and sometimes surprising intimacy and humor, these wide-ranging conversations represent the diversity of women composing music in the United States from the mid-twentieth century into the twenty-first.

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The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success

The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success
by Sylvia Mendoza
Sylvia Mendoza, 2013

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Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music)

Danzón: Circum-Caribbean Dialogues in Music and Dance (Currents in Latin American and Iberian Music)
by Alejandro L. Madrid and Robin D. Moore
Published by Oxford University Press, 2013

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Musics of Latin America

Musics of Latin America
Edited by Robin Moore (General Editor, University of Texas, Austin) and Walter Aaron Clark (Editor, University of California, Riverside)
Published by W.W. Norton & Company, 2012
The most up-to-date and comprehensive Latin American music survey available. Covering one of the most musically diverse regions in the world, Musics of Latin America emphasizes music as a means of understanding culture and society: each author balances an analysis of musical genres with discussion of the historical and cultural trends that have shaped them. Chapters cover traditional, popular, and classical repertoire, and in-text listening guides ensure that students walk away with a solid understanding of the music.

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An introduction to the solo piano works of three Latin American composers: Miguel del Aguila, Tania Leon, and Juan Maria Solare

An introduction to the solo piano works of three Latin American composers: Miguel del Aguila, Tania Leon, and Juan Maria Solare
by Yew Choong Cheong
Published by ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing, 2011

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Augusta Read Thomas & Tania Leon & Barbara Heller & Diana Burrell

Augusta Read Thomas & Tania Leon & Barbara Heller & Diana Burrell
Book review
An article from Notes (digital only)

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Women of Influence in Contemporary Music

Women of Influence in Contemporary Music
Edited by Michael K. Slayton
Published by The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2010
A collection of essays focusing on women who have made significant contributions to American music. Their works reflect the shifting societal landscapes in the United States over the last seven decades, as well as different stylistic approaches to writing music. Michael K. Slayton is associate professor and chair of the Department of Music Composition and Theory at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.

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Eight Visions containing Tania Leon's AlmaNew Publication features Alma for flute and piano!

One of 11 winners selected by the National Flute Association for its newly published music competition.
Eight Visions: A New Anthology for Flute and Piano
Commissioned for and curated by Marya Martin
Published by Theodore Presser Co., 2009
Theodore Presser Company is honored to publish a collection of commissioned flute solos by eight different composers, a result of a collaboration between flutist Marya Martin and Meet the Composer.

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Trayectoria de la Mujer CubanaTrayectoria de la Mujer Cubana
by Concepcion Teresa Alzola
Ediciones Universal, 2009

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Cuba - Idea of a Nation DisplacedLatin American Music Review, Vol. 31: No. 1, Spring/Summer 2010
University of Texas Press
State University of New York Press, 2008
Includes the article, Contemporary "Latin American" Composers of Art Music in the United States: Cosmopolitans Navigating Multiculturalism and Universalism by Marc Gidal, which discusses the compositional voice and ideas of Tania León.

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Cuba - Idea of a Nation DisplacedCuba: Idea of a Nation Displaced
by Andrea O'Reilly Herrera (Editor)
State University of New York Press, 2008
Includes In Search of the Palm Tree: An Afternoon with Tania Leon Interview by Iraida Iturralde

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To Boulez and BeyondJoan Peyser's revised edition of To Boulez and Beyond  recounts a meeting between Boulez and León during a celebration of Boulez's 80th Birthday by the Chicago Symphony, in which both Boulez's and León's work were performed.
by Joan Peyser and Charles Wuorinen (Foreword)
Scarecrow Press, 2007 (revised edition)

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The World of Women in Classical MusicThe World of Women in Classical Music
by Dr. Anne K. Gray
Word World Publishing, 2007

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From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their MusicFrom Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music
by Helen Walker-Hill University of Illinois Press, 2007

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How Music Grew in Brooklyn - A Biography of the Brooklyn Philharmonic OrchestraHow Music Grew in Brooklyn: A Biography of the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra
by Maurice Edwards
Published by The Scarecrow Press, 2006

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A History of Music in Western Culture, Second EditionA History of Music in Western Culture, Second Edition
Supplement: CD Set, Volume II - The Classical Era through the Twentieth Century - a 2/E (Audio CD) includes León's  Rituál score and recording.
by Mark Evan Bonds
Published by Prentice Hall, 2006

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Latinas in the United States

Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia
Edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol
Indiana University Press, 2006
Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia records the contribution of women of Latin American birth or heritage to the economic and cultural development of the United States. The encyclopedia is the first comprehensive gathering of scholarship on Latinas. This encyclopedia will serve as an essential reference for decades to come. In more than 580 entries, the historical and cultural narratives of Latinas come to life.

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La Sabiduría de los NuestrosLa Sabiduría de los Nuestros — Mas de 1,000 citas que le inspiraran
ed. by Yvonne Conde
Vintage Espanol (Random House),  2006

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African American Music: An IntroductionAfrican American Music: An Introduction
by Mellonee V. Burnim and Portia K. Maultsby
Routledge,  2005

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Composers' Voices From Ives to EllingtonInterview with Tania León in Composers' Voices From Ives to Ellington, an oral history of American music edited by Vivian Perlis and Libby Van Cleve, published by Yale University Press. The book, and the two CDs that accompany it, is an exceptional collection of interviews with the most significant musical figures of our time. Tania León's interview was conducted by Jenny Raymond on November 13, 1998.
Yale University Press, 2005

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Music Cultures in the United States: An IntroductionMusic Cultures in the United States: An introduction
by Ellen Koskoff
Ron Hedge Publishing, 2005

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Music in AmericaMusic in America
by Adelaida Reyes
Oxford University Press, 2005
Discusses Batéy, CD included.

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Latinas in the United States

Cuban Music from A to Z
By Helio Orovio
Duke University Press, 2004
With more than 1,300 alphabetical entries, this volume is a comprehensive English-language reference for anyone with an interest in Cuban music. Entries provide brief biographies of musicians and individuals who have shaped and influenced Cuban music over the course of its history. Put together by Orovio, a musicologist and historian at the Institute of Folklore and Ethnology in Cuba, this volume is truly a "tribute to Cuban music and its musicians."

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Cuba - Idea of a Nation DisplacedPiano Music by Women Composers, Volume II
Pamela Youngdahl Dees, Editor
Praeger Publishing, 2004
Acts as a companion to Volume I: Composers Born Before 1900 to create a comprehensive reference of women composers and their work. Volume II includes composers from countries around the world and of all different musical styles and levels, ranging from elementary to virtuoso. The only reference tool of its kind, this is an indispensable guide for professional pianists and piano teachers alike.

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Dvorák to Duke EllingtonDvorák to Duke Ellington, A Conductor Explores America's Music and Its African American Roots
by Maurice Peress
Oxford University Press, 2004

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From Convent to Concert HallFrom Convent to Concert Hall: A Guide to Women Composers
by Martha F. Schleifer
Greenwood, 2003

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Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience - The Concise Desk Reference

Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience - The Concise Desk Reference
By Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Running Press, 2003 (revised edition)
Drawn from the acclaimed landmark in reference publishing, this incomparable one-volume encyclopedia of the black world is now within reach of every family, student, and educator. It brings the entire Pan-African experience into sharp focus, with entries ranging from "affirmative action" to "zydeco," from each of the most prominent ethnic groups in Africa to each member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Africana will provide hours of reading pleasure through its longer, interpretive essays on the religion, arts, and cultural life of Africans and of black people everywhere.

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Cuba - Idea of a Nation DisplacedReference Library of Black America
Gale Group, 2003
This authoritative, 5-volume set provides a range of historical and current information on African-American history, society and culture. Students also will find chronologies, texts of important documents and speeches, brief biographical profiles, legislation, essays, statistics and more than 800 illustrations to help with research. A glossary, a selected bibliography and cumulative subject index make this resource easy to use.

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Feminismo y músicaFeminismo y Música: Introduccion Critica
by Pilar Ramos Lopez
Published by NARCEA, S.A. de Ediciones (Madrid, Spain), 2003

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Women and Music in America Since 1900: An EncyclopediaWomen and Music in America since 1900
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003

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John Cage: the silence of the music: 100 yearsJohn Cage: the silence of the music: 100 years
by Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2000

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Contemporary Anthology of Music by WomenContemporary Anthology of Music by Women
by Dr. James R. Briscoe
Indiana University Press, 1997

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The Popular Guide to Classical MusicThe Popular Guide to Classical Music
by Anne Gray, PhD
Birch Lane Press: NY, 1993
(chapters on women composers and women conductors)

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Blacks in Classical Music: A Personal HistoryBlacks in Classical Music: A Personal History
by Raoul Abdul
Dodd Mead, 1977

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Interviews with Arthur Mitchell and Tania LeónInterviews with Arthur Mitchell and Tania León
Sound recording: Arthur Mitchell, Tania León
WNET/13, 1977
(audio track from an episode of WNET's Dance in America series)

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Other Publications

PIÑERO GIL, Carmen Cecilia
"Compositoras latinoamericanas contemporáneas: exilios, identidades y creación"
Included in Teoria, Critica e Music na Atualidade, published by the University Federal de Rio de Janeiro's School of Music.

CHOONG CHEONG, Yew
"An introduction to the solo piano works of three Latin American composers: Miguel del Águila, Tania León, and Juan María Solare"
Doctoral Thesis, West Virginia University, 2009.

PIÑERO GIL, Carmen Cecilia
"Cuatro compositoras iberoamericanas del siglo XX"
Madrid: Tesis doctoral inédita, Doctorado en Historia y Ciencias de la Música, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1998. La tesis se centraba en el quehacer musical de la mexicana Alicia Urreta (1930-1986), la argentina Alicia Terzián (1934), la cubana Tania León (1943) y la venezolana Adina Izarra (1959).

PIÑERO GIL, Carmen Cecilia y PIÑERO GIL, Eulalia Cecilia
"Scourge of Hyacinths de Tania León y Wole Soyinka. La universalidad del discurso postcolonial"
Revista Canaria de Estudios Ingleses, Tenerife, n. 35, p. 185-193 Universidad de La Laguna, nov. 1997; PIÑERO GIL, Carmen Cecilia."El eco popular en la escritura culta de Tania León". En BALLESTEROS, Antonio (edit.). Popular Texts in English. New perspectives. Cuenca: Ediciones de la Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. 2001. p. 255-261; PIÑERO GIL, Carmen Cecilia: "La riqueza multicultural en la composición de Tania León". En Tania León en Madrid (Dossier Especial - Colección MOUSIKÉ LOGOS), Rev. La Retreta, Costa Rica, año I, n. 1, p. 4-10, febrero-abril, 2008. . Disponible en http.//www.acimus.org/compositoras/tania_leon.pdf. Acceso el 15 de abril de 2008.

The Beat of Latin Women
by Sylvia Mendoza
Published 2004 by Adams Media

The New Grove Dictionary of American Music
ed. by H. Wiley Hitchcock and S. Sadie
London: Macmillan Press,1986 and 1996/7
Charles Shere, biographer

"An Introduction to the Music of Tania León and a Conductor's Analysis of Indigena"
Monograph by James M. Spinazzola
Louisiana State University, 2006
http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/available/etd-04042006-154742/unrestricted/Spinazzola_dis.pdf

Musica latinoamericana para violonchelo
German Marcao
Catalogo de obras
Fundacion Emilio Sojo, 2004

Encyclopedia of Cuba, Vol. 2
Greenwood Press, 2003

Europaischer Dirigentinnen Reader
Schriftenreihe Frau und Musik Internationaler Arbeitskreis e.V., Band 4
2003

"The Colors of Culture: Characteristics in Selected Works of Tania Justina León"
Dissertation by Donna Jean Reiner
Graduate School of the Union Institute, 1999.

"The Symphony of the New World"
compiled by Clarissa and Marion Gumbo
in The black Perspective in Music, Vol. 3 No. 3
Autumn, 1975

Notable Americans of 1976 - 1977
compiled by Historical Preservation of America, Inc.
Published by American Biographical Institute
Subsidiary of Historical Preservations of America, Inc.
1977

 

Publications including music by Tania Leon:

Salsa Nueva book and CDTumbao in Boosey & Hawkes' Salsa Nueva: vibrant salsa beats meet contemporary classical piano music
ed. by Elena Riu
CD included

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Bandquest: Alegre by Tania LeónBandQuest: "Alegre"
by Tania León
CD-ROM and score/parts
American Composers Forum. 2003

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Two Cuban Folk Songs arranged by Tania LeónTwo Cuban Songs: Drume Negrita, El Manisero
arr. by Tania León
PeerMusic, 2002

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