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Jan Swafford

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An American Maverick Turns The Symphony On Its Head

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Charles Ives biographer Jan Swafford traces the life of the New England insurance executive who forever transformed the American symphony. Ives's father, a Civil War bandmaster, said any harmony โ€” however radical โ€” was fine. "Nobody," Swafford writes, "had ever told a young composer that before."

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Now Wait a Minute

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The pause can be the most devastating effect in music. Today, we hear about why well-placed silence can infuse music with humor, eroticism, or Zen-like anticipation. We hear why silence is golden. Joining us is Jan Swafford, a writer and composer who teaches at Tufts University; Loren Kajikawa, an ethnomusicologist ...

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