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OMAudio CD: Ego Scriptor Cantilenae, in association with Other Minds

Le Testament cd digipak Audio CD: The 1923 Le Testament, remastered from the Fantasy Records LP, San Francisco Opera, Robert Hughes conducting

2014 Anagnorisis (1964) for trombone and percussion, by Robert Hughes

 Music by Robert Hughes (click on image to order)

The Complete Music of Ezra Pound (click on the images for more information . . .)

19232011 Le Testament 1923 facsimile edition
Ezra Pound's opera edited by George Antheil
This limited press run of 100 contains 110 color plates, essays, notes on the music and the audio CD.

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2008 Le Testament, Paroles de Villon
Performance editions of Ezra Pound's opera revisions for a 1926 Salle Pleyel concert + a final 1933 score
Double Volume / engraved scores
for small and large chamber ensembles

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Cav cover2003 Cavalcanti: A Perspective on the Music of Ezra Pound
Double Volume / engraved scores
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Note: all of our publications are paperbound

2014 Lifetime Achievement Award for the series, Ezra Pound Society             e-books: Studies in the Music of Ezra Pound

Complete Violin Works
1923–1933 by Ezra Pound

13 engraved scores including Sestina Altaforte, Al Poco Giorno, Fiddle Music
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 The Recovery of Ezra Pound's
3rd Opera, Collis O Heliconii

Engraved scores of Catullus' Carmen 61 and Sappho's Poikilothron
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The Echo of Villon in Ezra Pound's Music & Poetry
Computer-assisted analysis reveals the Duration Rhyme in Ezra Pound's poetry,  by Margaret Fisher

The Transparency of Ezra
Pound's Great Bass,
an overview
of the bass function in music
 by Margaret Fisher
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 RADIA: A Gloss of the 1933 Futurist Radio Manifesto by Pino Masnata

special limited edition (out of print) try amazon or alibris

2014 Ritmicas for wind quartet (1964)
by Lou Harrison and Robert Hughes

2013 Uutiqtut (1982)
  by Robert Hughes for orchestra
  also available in a 2-piano version

Sopra muerte se cande
2013 Sop'o muerte se cande (1983) for high tenor & orchestra, by Robert Hughes



The Transparency of Ezra Pound's Great Bass (Vol. II of the series Duration Rhyme and Great Bass)
$9.99 (2013 e-book available from Ganxy)

The Echo of Villon in Ezra Pound's Music and Poetry (Vol. I of the series Duration Rhyme and Great Bass)
$5.00 (2013 e-book available from Ganxy)

Whistling Tune, from 3 Cowboy Songs (2012) by Robert Hughes, for wind quintet (purchase). Listen to the recording by the Bellavente Wind Quintet..

Sop'o muerte se cande . . . , (composed 1983, pub. 2013) a threnody for Calvin Simmons, by Robert Hughes, for solo voice and orchestra (rental music)

Uutiqtut (Caccia) (composed 1982, pub. 2013) by Robert Hughes, for full orchestra (rental music). A two-piano version is available for purchase. The title is an Inuit word for movement, as in the movement of the great caribou herds in the Arctic.

Anagnorisis (composed 1964, pub. 2014) by Robert Hughes, for trombone and percussion.

Ritmicas (composed 1964, pub. 2014) by Lou Harrison and Robert Hughes, a double music for wind quartet .

Useful Links:

Experiments in opera, dance and radio at academia.edu

Papers by Margaret Fisher on the music of Ezra Pound, in English and Italian

Libretto for the 1923 Le Testament opera

Finding Aids for the music of Ezra Pound .pdf format


1. Cavalcanti: a perspective on the music of Ezra Pound Ezra Pound and Robert Hughes, edition of 200, 442 pp, pb, 2003
        ISBN 978-0-9728859-0-4 list $111.00

Double volume: essays regarding Pound as a composer, and complete, engraved music score

The three-act one hour opera is a dramatization of the life of the Florentine poet Guido Cavalcanti (1250-1300), friend of Dante, through eleven of his canzone and ballate. Two additional numbers are settings of poems in Provençal by Sordello.

Part I. A systematic analysis of Pound's music training, the application of his musico-poetic theories, methods of composition, and a music analysis of the opera; the genesis and sources of Pound's Great Bass theory.

Part II. The definitive performance edition of Pound's "Cavalcanti," drawn from the uncatalogued and dispersed music manuscripts in the Beinecke Manuscript and Rare Book Library (Yale University). This is the full music score with piano reduction and stage instructions. All music is composed by Ezra Pound. Additional narrator's script, dialogue, and stage instructions are by Pound; editorial notes by Robert Hughes.

2. Complete Violin Works of Ezra Pound, 1923–1933 by Ezra Pound, Robert Hughes, ed., edition of 300, 160 pp, pb, 2004
        ISBN 978-0-9728859-2-8; list $33.00

Part I. A literary and technical study of Ezra Pound's solo violin works, many of which were composed for the American specialist in new music, violinist Olga Rudge.

Part II. Thirteen engraved performance scores and seven facsimile reproductions of Pound's holograph scores. Among the eight original compositions is Sestina: Altaforte, the only instance of a musical setting of his own poetry. The volume also includes Pound's settings of poems by Froissart, Dante, and Cavalcanti as well as arrangements of 12th- and 15th-century vocal works for violin.

3. The Recovery of Ezra Pound's Third Opera: Collis O Heliconii (poems by Catullus and Sappho)
       Ezra Pound and Margaret Fisher, edition of 200, 180 pp, pb, 2005, ISBN 978-0-9728859-3-5 list $47.00

Part I. Analysis of Pound's musical treatment of his favored poems of antiquity: Catullus carmen LXI ("Collis O Heliconii") and Sappho, fragment 1 ("Poikilothron' athanat' Aphrodita").

Part II. The engraved performance edition for violin and voice includes excerpts from the 2 principal arias, 3 incidental numbers, a transcription of Pound's unfinished translation of carmen LXI and Pound's scenario for his dramatic setting of the Catullan poem.

4. Le Testament: Paroles de Villon, 1926 and 1933 performance editions by Ezra Pound, Robert Hughes and Margaret         Fisher, eds., edition of 200, 270 pp, pb, 2008  ISBN 978-0-9728859-4-2 list $85.00book 4 Click here for full description

Double volume: essays, facsimile pages, 2 engraved opera scores

Part I. The Paris, 1926 Salle Pleyel chamber concert of excerpts from the opera.

Part II. Pound's 1933 final revisions for a complete opera.

5. Le Testament: 1923 facsimile edition w/audio CD by Ezra Pound, George Antheil, ed., essays by Stephen J. Adams, Margaret         Fisher, Robert Hughes, annotations by Robert Hughes, edition of 100, 270 pp, pb, 2011 ISBN 978-0-9728859-9-0 list: $220.00
book 5
       110 color plates  Click here for full description

6. Studies in Ezra Pound's Music and Poetry: Duration Rhyme and Great Bass

Vol I. The Echo of Villon in Ezra Pound's Music and Poetry, Toward a Theory of Duration Rhyme
         an e-book, by Margaret Fisher, Retail: $9.99

The Echo of Villon, first of two volumes on the relationship of music and great bass to the poetry of Ezra Pound, brings together essays written for diverse publications. An Introduction and Brief History provide background to Ezra Pound as a composer. The principal essay, drawn from the facsimile edition of the 1923 Le Testament score (Pound’s opera to words by François Villon), traces the role of music and of Villon in Pound’s oeuvre. Using computer-assisted models, the author demonstrates how Pound applied the relative temporal durations of elements in his poems—vowels, syllables, words, phrases and verse lines—and the precise proportions that result from those relations to arrive at the great bass of a new poetic based on time durations and informed by music.

Vol II.
The Transparency of Ezra Pound's Great Bass
         an e-book by Margaret Fisher, Retail: $9.99

Volume II on the relationship of music and great bass to the poetry of Ezra Pound examines great bass as a theory of rhythm and rhythmic influence against the backdrop of seminal works on  harmony from medieval times to the twentieth century: Dante, Franco of Cologne, Thomas Campion, Jean-Phillipe Rameau, Hermann von Helmholtz, Arnold Schoenberg and Henry Cowell, among others. In this setting, Pound's great bass joins the long-standing practical and theoretical inquiry concerning the bass part and bass function in music, itself part of a larger ongoing investigation of human perception informed by musical cognition.

Pound's first opera is "a modernist triumph ...[the poet's] claim to musical immortality" (Richard Taruskin, read this review in the New York Times, 27 July 2003).

"The performances have a strange intensity, like a cross between Carmina Burana and Diamanda Galas....There's a passion in this music which is compelling"
(Ivan Hewett, BBC Music Magazine, August 2003).

"This idiosyncratic body of work proves to be full of rare pleasures and well worth hearing"
(Joshua Rosenblum, read this review in Opera News, August 2003).

Image above of Ezra Pound: Ezra Pound II, screenprint by R. B. Kitaj
Courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York

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