Michael Colgrass: Adventures of an American Composer
Meredith Music, Galesville Maryland: 2010; Distributed by Hal Leonard
In this delightful autobiography of anecdotes, Michael Colgrass invites the reader into his private encounters with Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie and a host of other key figures in American music. Maverick to the core, Colgrass also writes about romancing a Cold War spy in Bucharest, composing a ballet overnight for the Joffrey Ballet, and playing a gig for a stripper that landed him a job in West Side Story. His anecdotes—often humorous and profound—describe a pivotal era in American music that shaped this Pulitzer Prize–winning composer. A must read for music lovers.