?Radie Britain is a California composer from West Texas who was educated in Chicago and Europe. At 91 years old, she is still an active composer, her 280 works include orchestral, piano, organ, and chamber music. This bio-bibliography is the first comprehensive publication on Britain's works. One of the authors is a music professor at Rice University, the other an adult education instructor in Houston. Like the other books in this Greenwood series, the volume includes a short biography of the composer, a list of works (including premiere and other performance dates), an annotated bibliography, appendixes containing chronological and alphabetical listings of works, and an index. Two features distinguish this from other Greenwood bibliographies: the inclusion of an interview with the composer and the use of a clear and attractive typeface. There is no discography because only one of Britain's compositions has been recorded. The volume would be easier to use if instrumentation were included in the running heads of the works list, if original composition entries included cross-references to arranged works, and if instrumentation were consistently indicated in the appendix. This is a useful source on Radie Britain and her compositions.?-Choice
About the Author
WALTER B. BAILEY is Associate Professor of Music, Shepherd School of Music, at Rice University. He is the author of Programmatic Elements in the Work of Schoenberg (1984) and a number of articles appearing in The Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute and The Musical Quarterly.
NANCY GISBRECHT BAILEY writes and lectures for Houston Grand Opera and is an instructor for several adult education programs. She has written several articles which have appeared in Opera Cues.