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Dear Poundians,
Here is a simpler version for the listserv format. Alternately, please 
visit the website: <www.ezrapoundmusic.com>
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**
    Studies in the Music of Ezra Pound:
    Duration Rhyme and Great Bass*
    */New!/ Volume II: /The Transparency of Ezra Pound's Great Ba//s//s
    /****$ 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 cognition.

    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 Fisheris 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