The great Pound list seems to have woken up with new management and new projects
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Subject: Re: a new-ebook: The Transparency of Ezra Pound's Great Bass
From: Dirk Johnson <[log in to unmask]>
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Congratulations! One of these days you'll hit critical mass with the
market. I bought it and posted an announcement about it to FaceBook and
Your check and lovely note came. Thank you!
I'm running on empty but still running. I hope all is well with you and Bob.
On 8/7/2013 10:56 AM, <Margaret Fisher> DIGEST wrote:
> Dear Poundians,
> I hope Vol I of this series, released in July, has added to your
> enjoyment of /The Cantos/.
> Vol II is now available as an e-book. Both books can be read on your
> computer (recommended) or tablet.
> All best wishes,
> Margaret Fisher
> Second Evening Art Publishing <http://www.ezrapoundmusic.com>
> Studies in the Music of Ezra Pound: Duration Rhyme and Great Bass
> */New! <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBXO1WK>/ Volume II: /The
> Transparency of Ezra Pound's Great Ba/
> <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBXO1WK>/s//s /
> <http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EBXO1WK>*$ 9.99
> The basic premise of Pound's theory of great bass was daunting in its
> austerity, but not particularly revolutionary: rhythm is the
> fundamental element that determines artistic form in poetry and music.
> Pound went on, however, to make claims for a great bass beyond rhythm.
> He wrote about it as a trait that could identify genius in the person
> and in the work of art. A person endowed with great bass had a sense
> of "proportional frequency" and "perfect" or "absolute" rhythm. With
> such abstruse parameters, Pound's great bass has resisted analysis.
> This e-book examines great bass as a theory of rhythm and rhythmic
> influence against the backdrop ofseminal 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 thelong-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
> The total number of contributions to the science of harmony in
> our century is three...Schoenberg's Harmonielehre, Schenker's
> Harmonielehre, and Pound's Treatise. This grouping may seem
> unusual, for the former two are carefully worked out
> philosophizings by musicians of great reputation, while Pound's
> Treatiseis a scramble of jottings on a subject about which he
> could be expected to have only the vaguest notions. But they are
> the right notions, and that is why I signaled it as an important
> text, . . .
> R. Murrray Schafer, /Ezra Pound and Music/
> *Volume I: /The Echo of Villon in Ezra Pound's Music and Poetry,
> Toward a Theory of Duration Rhyme/$5.00*
> The principal essay of this e-book of essays about Pound's music
> identifies the duration rhyme as a metrical construct of musical
> proportion within Pound's/Cantos/. 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 his great bass of a new poetic based on time durations
> and informed by music.
> Margaret Fisher <http://independent.academia.edu/margaretfisher>is
> author of /Ezra Pound's Radio Operas, The BBC Experiments/ (1931-1933)
> (The MIT Press, winner of the 2002 Ezra Pound Society Prize), /The
> Recovery of Ezra Pound's Third Opera/: Collis O Heliconii, /Settings
> of Poems by Catullus and Sappho/, and /The Echo of Villon in Ezra
> Pound's Music and Poetry, Toward a Theory of Duration Rhyme/. With
> Robert Hughes, she co-edited The Complete Music of Ezra Pound, a
> series of five volumes with engraved music scores for Second Evening
> Art Publishing. In 2008 she received the prestigious Rome Prize for
> work on early Italian Radio, Futurist Radio and a translation of
> /Radia/, Pino Masnata's posthumously published /Gloss of the 1933
> Futurist Radio Manifesto/, with Fisher's Introduction and Notes
> (Second Evening Art, 2012).
> These ebooks are designed to be read with ebook reader software
> for tablets and computers. Many ebook readers can be downloaded
> for free.
> Second Evening Art Publishing
> 1420 45th Street #16
> Emeryville CA 94608
> www.ezrapoundmusic.com <http://www.ezrapoundmusic.com>