This is a web page devoted to musical examples from the works of Robert Ashley. It is meant to accompany Kyle Gann's book Robert Ashley in the American Composers series from University of Illinois Press (2012).
Row and excerpt from Ashley's Piano Sonata (1959)
Partial transcription of "Blue" Gene Tyranny's improvisation in "The Backyard" from Perfect Lives
Analysis of the Max Anecdote scene from Atalanta
Structural chart for the opera Improvement: Don Leaves Linda
Harmonic structure of the opera eL/Aficionado
Harmonic structure of the opera Now Eleanor's Idea
An excerpt from Outcome Inevitable
Harmonic structure of the opera Celestial Excursions
Much thanks to Robert Ashley and Lovely Music
for permission to use the examples.
All information © 2011 Kyle Gann. Please quote only with attribution.
Robert Ashley and Kyle Gann in Ashley's Tribeca apartment, August 2010
(photo by Mimi Johnson)
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