Composers: Sculpture in Sound

The laws of each art are convertible into the laws of every other.

So wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1841. And so believes American Composer Earle Brown, 42, whose music bears an unmistakable relationship to the plastic arts. Brown's work owes a debt to the mobile sculpture of Alexander Calder and the abstract expressionist painting of Jackson Pollock. His scores are graphic in their detail and precision, but he believes in a certain improvisation or mobility within a performance itself. Therein lies the influence of Calder, whose mobiles are made of 15 to...

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