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Pentland, Barbara
NewsComposer: Pentland, Barbara
Performance date: July 15, 1971

Date composed: 1970

News is one composer’s expression of outrage and horror over the daily newscasts to which listeners were exposed during the late 1960s and early ‘70s. To Pentland, war is something so awful that it cannot be discussed in “normal” speech, song or music. Her 25- minute composition incorporating a wide variety of vocal effects makes this abundantly clear.

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