A pioneer among American composers who turned to the island of Bali for inspiration. This study traces his life, his influences on fellow musicians, and his struggles as a composer.
Carol J. Oja is the William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University. Her books include Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War and Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s
"A strong and necessary argument for the reconsideration of
McPhee's work as a composer."--Larry Polansky,
"Carol Oja has recounted his story with outstanding thoroughness and sensitivity. . . . McPhee's legacy is a small body of specialized work, creative and scholarly, that suggested new paths in the music of this century. It deserved--indeed, awaited--the full and well-balanced study Oja has given it."--John Beckwith, American Music