Review of “Ellen C. Covito: Works After Weather” | TDR [60-2] (MIT Press)


Gelsey Bell’s excellent review of our book on Ellen C. Covito‘s music has been published in the summer issue of TDR. Gelsey describes Covito’s works from her own experience of performing them, and draws an insightful comparison between Covito and Charlotte Moorman’s works.

Works After Weather captures the spirit of Covito’s music and communicates it to a readership that most likely has not seen her work performed. In fact, most of the book consists of translations of her prose scores (musical scores written in prose rather than musical notation), which will hopefully encourage more performances of the work. […] The composer proves to be rigorously articulate about the conceptual nature of her work and her role as a composer […] the precision of her ideas and the experience of performing her work reveals that she has mastered the compositional techniques developed in [Charlotte] Moorman’s era — a simultaneous emphasis on action and sound — and given them space to mature. As a rising star in the radical musical traditions […] Covito continues the necessary investigation of the conditions of art”

The whole book can be read and downloaded for free from Already Not Yet, or here: