Art Friday: Robert Ashley – Composer

Robert Ashley, Composer

Robert Ashley, Composer

Art Friday again!  NPR has a great piece on Robert Ashley, who died at age 83. He was brilliant and will be missed, especially among composers working in experimental genres.

Read a bit and check it out here.

Robert Ashley, a restlessly innovative American composer, died at his home in New York March 3 from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. NPR confirmed the composer’s death through his wife and manager Mimi Johnson. Ashley was 83.

Although not a household name, Ashley blazed an individual path in opera throughout his career, which spanned five decades. Far from resembling any traditional form of opera, Ashley’s works are constructed of intricate speech-song recitations on a vast array of topics — from Renaissance consciousness to TheWall Street Journal. He composed his operas not for the stage, but for television — a foreshadowing, of sorts, of MTV

Listen to the NPR story here.

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